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January 2023
Friday
20 January
19 H (Gala)

Opera
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Alcina
Haendel
Sunday
22 January
15 H

Opera
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Alcina
Haendel
Tuesday
24 January
19 H

Opera
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Alcina
Haendel
Wednesday
25 January
20 H

Choral concert
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Stabat Mater
Rossini
Thursday
26 January
19 H

Opera
Alcina
Haendel
February 2023
Sunday
19 February
15 H

Opera
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Andrea Chénier
Giordano
Tuesday
21 February
20 H (Gala)

Opera
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Andrea Chénier
Giordano
Thursday
23 February
20 H

Opera
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Andrea Chénier
Giordano
Saturday
25 February
20 H

Opera
Andrea Chénier
Giordano
March 2023
Friday
10 March
20 H

Recital
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Daniel Barenboim
Friday
17 March
20 H (Gala)

Opera
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La traviata
Verdi
Sunday
19 March
15 H

Opera
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La traviata
Verdi
Monday
20 March
20 H

Opera by the Vienna Staatsoper
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Le nozze di Figaro
Mozart
Tuesday
21 March
20 H

Opera
La traviata
Verdi
Thursday
23 March
20 H

Opera
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La traviata
Verdi
April 2023
Sunday
16 April
15 H

Opera
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Il barbiere di Siviglia
Rossini
Monday
17 April
20 H

Puppet opera
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L’Orfeo
Monteverdi
Tuesday
18 April
20 H (Gala)

Opera
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Il barbiere di Siviglia
Rossini
Thursday
20 April
20 H

Opera
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Il barbiere di Siviglia
Rossini
Saturday
22 April
20 H

Opera
Il barbiere di Siviglia
Rossini
Verdi
La traviata
17, 19, 21 & 23 March 2023
Opera
Conductor Massimo Zanetti
Director Jean-Louis Grinda

Verdi La traviata

Opera
Friday 17 March 2023 - 20 h (Gala)
Sunday 19 March 2023 - 15 h
Tuesday 21 March 2023 - 20 h
Thursday 23 March 2023 - 20 h
Opéra de Monte-Carlo

Melodramma in three acts
Music by Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave after The Lady of the Camellias (1852) by Alexandre Dumas fils, a play based on his novel of the same name 
Premiere: Venice, Teatro La Fenice, 6 March 1853

Production of the Monte Carlo Opera, in co-production with the Opéra-Théâtre de Saint-Étienne

This first season of the Monte Carlo Opera under its new director will see the return of Jean-Louis Grinda’s production of La traviata created in 2013. A symbol of a harmonious handover of power and a sign of true understanding, these performances will also be an opportunity to celebrate the return of Plácido Domingo to a stage he last walked on as a singer in 1980. Alongside him, the wonderful Aida Garifullina will offer her touching portrayal of Verdi and Dumas’ heroine, and Javier Camarena will make a much-anticipated debut as Alfredo.

As Charles Dickens remarked when he visited Paris in 1847 at the time of the death of Marie Duplessis –known to posterity as the Lady of the Camellias– the whole city stood still, transfixed by the romantic death of its most famous demi-mondaine. Thanks to Alexandre Dumas fils, who had his own very personal reasons for dwelling on this tragic fate, and to Giuseppe Verdi, it can be said that two 19th century geniuses gave the beautiful and sensitive Marie a true immortality.

Production team

CONDUCTOR | MASSIMO ZANETTI
DIRECTOR | JEAN-LOUIS GRINDA
SET DESIGN | RUDY SABOUNGHI
COSTUME DESIGN | JORGE JARA
LIGHTING DESIGN | LAURENT CASTAINGT
CHOREOGRAPHY | EUGÉNIE ANDRIN
CHOIRMASTER | STEFANO VISCONTI

Cast
Violetta Valéry | Aida Garifullina
Flora Bervoix | Loriana Castellano
Annina | Federica Sardella
Alfredo Germont | Javier Camarena
Giorgio Germont | Plácido Domingo
Giorgio Germont | Massimo Cavalletti
Gastone | Alejandro Del Angel
Le Baron Douphol | Roberto Accurso
Le Marquis D'Obigny | Fabrice Alibert
Le Docteur Grenvil | Alessandro Spina
MONTE CARLO OPERA CHOIR

MONTE CARLO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
A few words with…

Plácido Domingo

What does Monte Carlo and especially its opera house with its splendid history mean to you, and how do you feel about returning there to sing after quite some years?

I love the Salle Garnier of the Monte Carlo Opera and am delighted to return to this glorious miniature of the Paris Opéra Garnier. The history of this theatre is extraordinary if we think that composers like Puccini, Mascagni, Massenet or Saint-Saëns premiered magnificent masterpieces there. My own debut in Monte Carlo goes back to 1977; I sang Otello, Aida and Pagliacci at the Salle Garnier, and I conducted Amelia Goes to the Ball and The Telephone there. I cherish wonderful memories.

 

Many years ago, you said that at some point you will go back to singing baritone roles, and you have done so very successfully. What is the secret? 

No particular secret, I have simply continued to follow the development of my voice. I must say these parts make me extremely happy, especially Verdi’s. Who would have ever guessed that after a life as a tenor I would return to the baritone repertoire, and this with a role that I thought I had reserved for the very end of my career as a singer: Simon Boccanegra.

 

What do you like about singing in La traviata, and what kind of image do you want to give Giorgio Germont?

Giorgio Germont is the motor of this drama. He is a father who thinks he is acting right for the sake of his family, and that is why his encounter, or rather confrontation with the two youngsters in the second act is so intense. Little by little, however, he discovers Violetta’s tragedy, greatness and generosity, and this makes him suffer terribly. At the end, the woman who seemed to be the ruin of his family turns into a daughter for him. Thanks to Violetta, Germont is transformed and revealed as a character of great humanity.

 

For many years, you have combined your career as a performer with that of an administrator in leading opera houses. What advice would you give to Cecilia Bartoli for her new position as director of the Monte Carlo Opera?

The Monte Carlo Opera is a jewel which Jean-Louis (Grinda) knew how to cherish. Thus, a very precious testimony is passed on to Cecilia. I am sure that with her intelligence, sensitivity and enthusiasm she will succeed magnificently, as she has already shown with her unmistakable touch in Salzburg!