Opera of Monte-Carlo – Salle Garnier

AMELIA AL BALLO & THE TELEPHONE by GIAN CARLO MENOTTI

In 1937, the United States of America finally got out of the Crisis thanks to the New Deal and no one thought for one instant that a war was about to begin four years later. That was a happy and creative period – Hollywood is in its golden years. Amelia al BalloGian Carlo Menotti‘s first success, reflects these carefree years. This opera work recounts the torment of an Italian socialite woman who obsesses about the success of her appearance to the Grand Ball of the season.

Opera of Monte-CarloIn this opera work, Menotti manages to roll out a remarkable melodic vein and a subtle, yet biting humor. When he composes “The Telephone” or “Amour à Trois“, the World has just been devastated by a global war and society has undeniably changed.

This time, though still comical, this work of art recalls a very modern and current issue: the sudden burst of new technologies within the romantic relationship. More than sixty years after the creation of “The Telephone“, humans still have not found a solution to this problem.

This is quite the event in the Opera world as Placido Domingo will be conducting for the first time at the Opera of Monte-Carlo. This will give him the opportunity to present two works of art that he appreciates and would like to lead on the most important stages of the world.

Amelia al BalloOpera buffa in one act. Music and booklet by Gian Carlo Menotti (1911-2007), Creation by the Philadelphia Academy of Music, 1937.

The Telephone: Comical opera in one act. Music and booklet by Gian Carlo Menotti (1911-2007), Creation by the Heckscher Theater of New York, 1947.

“Venus with a Warthog” – Theatre Monaco

“La Venus au Phacochère” by Christian Siméon at the Theatre Princesse Grace of Monaco

The Theatre Princesse Grace of Monaco is proud to present “La Venus au Phacochere” (Venus with a Warthog), a comical play with French actress Alexandra Lamy.

theatre princesse grace monaco - la venus au phacochèreIn 1896, founder of the Revue Blanche Thadée Natanson, sets off a severe crisis in his relationship with the beautiful pianist Misia, performed by Alexandra Lamy, because of an article he published called “Of the inferiority of woman”.

Some months later, she meets with the wealthy Alfred Edwards, the warthog-man. Our Venus will be swept in a whirlwind alluding to the thinkers, artists and reknowned figures of the “Belle Epoque”. First and foremost she will have to choose between Thadée and Edwards, between the idealist and the cynical.

This play was written by Christian Siméon, staged by Christophe Lidon and produced by Acte 2 and SIC with le Théâtre de l’Atelier.

The first role is played by famous French actress Alexandra Lamy.

Opera of Monte-Carlo – Gala

AMELIA AL BALLO & THE TELEPHONE by GIAN CARLO MENOTTI

In 1937, the United States of America finally got out of the Crisis thanks to the New Deal and no one thought for one instant that a war was about to begin four years later. That was a happy and creative period – Hollywood is in its golden years. Amelia al Ballo, Gian Carlo Menotti‘s first success, reflects these carefree years. This opera work recounts the torment of an Italian socialite woman who obsesses about the success of her appearance to the Grand Ball of the season.

Opera of Monte-CarloIn this opera work, Menotti manages to roll out a remarkable melodic vein and a subtle, yet biting humor. When he composes “The Telephone” or “Amour à Trois“, the World has just been devastated by a global war and society has undeniably changed.

This time, though still comical, this work of art recalls a very modern and current issue: the sudden burst of new technologies within the romantic relationship. More than sixty years after the creation of “The Telephone“, humans still have not found a solution to this problem.

This is quite the event in the Opera world as Placido Domingo will be conducting for the first time at the Opera of Monte-Carlo. This will give him the opportunity to present two works of art that he appreciates and would like to lead on the most important stages of the world.

Thursday 24th October will be the night of the Gala.

Amelia al BalloOpera buffa in one act. Music and booklet by Gian Carlo Menotti (1911-2007), Creation by the Philadelphia Academy of Music, 1937.

The Telephone: Comical opera in one act. Music and booklet by Gian Carlo Menotti (1911-2007), Creation by the Heckscher Theater of New York, 1947.

A Royal Success

A unique car auction in Monaco drew to a close last Thursday 26th July with organizers and visitors declaring it a resounding success. The one-off car sale, minutes from many of our exclusive properties for sale in Monaco, is being organized by none other than the Prince of Monaco, who is auctioning off one of the world’s most incredible collection of vehicles amassed by his late father Rainer III. Continue reading