The Opéra de Monte-Carlo is an opera house, which is part of the Monte Carlo Casino located in the Principality of Monaco.With the lack of cultural diversions available in Monaco in the 1870s, Prince Charles III, along with the Société des bains de mer, decided to include a concert hall as part of the casino. The main public entrance to the hall was from the casino, while Charles III's private entrance was on the western side. It opened in 1879 and became known as the Salle Garnier, after the architect Charles Garnier, who designed it.During the renovation of the Salle Garnier in 2004–05, the company presented operas at the Salle des Princes in the local Grimaldi Forum, a modern conference and performance facility where Les Ballets de Monte Carlo and the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra regularly perform.Salle GarnierThe architect Charles Garnier also designed the Paris opera house now known as the Palais Garnier. The Salle Garnier is much smaller, seating 524, compared to about 2,000 for the Palais Garnier, and unlike the Paris theatre, which was started in 1861 and only completed in 1875, the Salle Garnier was constructed in only eight and a half months. Nevertheless, its ornate style was heavily influenced by that of the Palais Garnier, and many of the same artists worked on both theatres. Although the Monte Carlo theatre was not originally intended for opera, it was soon used frequently for that purpose and was remodeled in 1898–99 by Henri Schmit, primarily in the stage area, to make it more suitable for opera. Plan your Opera de Monte-Carlo visit and explore what else you can see and do in Monte-Carlo using our Monte-Carlo road trip planning tool .
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Opera de Monte-Carlo Reviews
This elaborate Opera House is connected to the Grand Casino and adjacent to the famous Hotel de Paris. It was renovated in 1988 with modern interiors. it is quite small. more »
The performance was excellent. The theater is small but ornate and beautiful. It's designed by the same architect who built the Paris opera. Great acoustics. The seats are a bit small, but otherwise..... more »
In my view the best opera in the world. None of this pseudo modern stuff that others favor. Here you get the freshly created period costumes, the fantastic wigs and make up, the beautiful fresh voices in beautiful talented singers, technology and light are used to enhance decors, not to replace them. Bring a fur jacket because the AC is often well beyond comfortable ( zero stars to the AC technician! )
Gorgeous, simply. Don’t miss out in Monaco and get yourself a ticket to a show! The painted ceiling is to die for...
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