Opera de Monte-Carlo (Salle Garnier)
Are you in for the cultural events that take place everywhere around the world? If you considered it would be great to visit Monte-Carlo, then you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to see the Opera of Monte-Carlo, also known as the Salle Garnier!
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.
The 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
The hall was inaugurated on 25 January 1879 with a performance by Sarah Bernhardt dressed as a nymph. The first opera performed there was Robert Planquette‘s Le Chevalier Gaston on 8 February 1879, followed by three additional operas in the first season.
So, if you are fascinated on what an opera offers and you are in Monaco, or consider coming here, the Salle Garnier is the place where you will fulfill your dream of seeing what beautiful things can be done by these talented and skilled artists. This is the place that unites the the luxurious lifestyle of Monaco with the amazing beauty of the cultural events that take place here. Plan your vacation and don’t forget to include on your itinerarium this spectacular place, Opera de Monte-Carlo!