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Thursday
02 November
20 H

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19 November
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Wednesday
22 November
20 H

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Don Carlo
Verdi
Friday
24 November
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Sunday
26 November
15 H

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Saturday
16 December
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Musical
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Lloyd Webber
Sunday
17 December
15 H

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The Phantom of the Opera
Lloyd Webber
Tuesday
19 December
20 H

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The Phantom of the Opera
Lloyd Webber
Wednesday
20 December
20 H

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The Phantom of the Opera
Lloyd Webber
Thursday
21 December
20 H

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The Phantom of the Opera
Lloyd Webber
Friday
22 December
15 H

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The Phantom of the Opera
Lloyd Webber
Friday
22 December
20 H

Musical
The Phantom of the Opera
Lloyd Webber
Saturday
23 December
15 H

Musical
The Phantom of the Opera
Lloyd Webber
Saturday
23 December
20 H

Musical
The Phantom of the Opera
Lloyd Webber
Monday
25 December
20 H

Musical
The Phantom of the Opera
Lloyd Webber
Tuesday
26 December
15 H

Musical
The Phantom of the Opera
Lloyd Webber
Tuesday
26 December
20 H

Musical
The Phantom of the Opera
Lloyd Webber
Wednesday
27 December
15 H

Musical
The Phantom of the Opera
Lloyd Webber
Wednesday
27 December
20 H

Musical
The Phantom of the Opera
Lloyd Webber
Friday
29 December
15 H

Musical
The Phantom of the Opera
Lloyd Webber
Friday
29 December
20 H

Musical
The Phantom of the Opera
Lloyd Webber
Saturday
30 December
15 H

Musical
The Phantom of the Opera
Lloyd Webber
Saturday
30 December
20 H

Musical
The Phantom of the Opera
Lloyd Webber
Sunday
31 December
15 H

Musical
The Phantom of the Opera
Lloyd Webber
Sunday
31 December
20 H (masquerade night)

Musical
The Phantom of the Opera
Lloyd Webber
January 2024
Wednesday
24 January
19 H (Gala)

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Giulio Cesare in Egitto
Haendel
Friday
26 January
19 H

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Giulio Cesare in Egitto
Haendel
Sunday
28 January
15 H

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Giulio Cesare in Egitto
Haendel
Monday
29 January
20 H

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Ein deutsches Requiem
Brahms
Tuesday
30 January
19 H

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Giulio Cesare in Egitto
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Friday
23 February
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Saturday
24 February
20 H

Aria Recital
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Rolando Villazón
Sunday
25 February
15 H

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Cavalleria rusticana & Gianni Schicchi
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Tuesday
27 February
20 H

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Cavalleria rusticana & Gianni Schicchi
Mascagni & Puccini
Thursday
29 February
20 H

Opera
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March 2024
Saturday
23 March
17 H

Recital
Cecilia Bartoli & Lang Lang
Sunday
24 March
15 H

Opera
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La Fille du régiment
Donizetti
Tuesday
26 March
20 H (Gala)

Opera
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La Fille du régiment
Donizetti
Thursday
28 March
20 H

Opera
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La Fille du régiment
Donizetti
Saturday
30 March
20 H

Opera
La Fille du régiment
Donizetti
April 2024
Sunday
07 April
19 H

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Their Master’s Voice
Malkovich - Bartoli
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Caruso à Monaco 19 November 2023 Staged Concert
Tenor Jonas Kaufmann
Conductor Sir Antonio Pappano

Caruso à Monaco

Staged Concert
Sunday 19 November 2023 - 19 h (by invitation from the Palais)
Grimaldi Forum

On the occasion of Monaco's National Holiday

During the glorious decades of Raoul Gunsbourg’s directorship of the Opéra de Monte-Carlo, one name in particular stands out among so many marvellous singers: Enrico Caruso. The stellar American career of this Neapolitan singer is well-known, but most of us are less familiar with his impressive appear-ances in Monte Carlo. In celebration of the 150th anniversary of his birth, we once more shed light on this wonderful period as part of the festivities on the Principality’s National Day. After Caruso’s debut in La bohème at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo in 1902, he made his first sensational appearances in Paris with our company. During three seasons, until 1904, he performed most of his celebrated roles in Monaco before being drawn into the American star system. In 1915, when he was at the height of his glory and the theatre directed by Raoul Gunsbourg was experiencing enormous difficulties due to World War I, the tenor undertook a dangerous crossing of the Atlantic to perform in Monte Carlo, thereby honouring the promise he had made to the director of the Opera to return to sing again at this theatre one day. 

As a tribute to this legendary artist, it was imperative to call on the greatest artists of our time: Sir Antonio Pappano, Jonas Kaufmann and Davide Livermore will join forces to make this a memorable evening.

Production team
Conductor | SIR ANTONIO PAPPANO
Director | DAVIDE LIVERMORE
Sets | GIOFORMA
Lighting design | ANTONIO CASTRO
Videos | D-WOK
Choirmaster | STEFANO VISCONTI
ASSISTANT STAGE DIRECTOR & TRANSLATOR | AIDA BOUSSELMA
REPETITOR | ANDREA DEL BIANCO
Dramaturgy | DAVIDE LIVERMORE, AIDA BOUSSELMA, PAOLO GEP CUCCO & ALBERTO MATTIOLI
Sound designer | MARIO CONTE
Cast
Tenor | JONAS KAUFMANN
Actor | ALFONSO ANTONIOZZI
Actor | Remo Girone
MONTE CARLO OPERA CHOIR

MONTE CARLO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
Artistic and technical teams

production team

Conductor
Sir Antonio Pappano

Director
Davide Livermore

Assistant stage director & Translator
Aida Bousselma

Dramaturgy
Davide Livermore
Aida Bousselma
Paolo Gep Cucco
Alberto Mattioli

Sets
Giò Forma

Lighting design
Antonio CASTRO

Videos
D-Wok

Sound designer
Mario Conte

Repetitor
Andrea DEL BIANCO

Choirmaster
Stefano Visconti

SOLoISTS

Tenor
Jonas Kaufmann

Actors
Remo Girone
Alfonso Antoniozzi

CHŒUR DE L’OPÉRA DE MONTE-CARLO

Choirmaster
Stefano Visconti

Pianist assistant to the choirmaster & consultant for the musical organisation
Aurelio Scotto

Chorus manager & librarian
Colette Audat

Sopranos I
Galia BAKALOV
Antonella CESARIO
Chiara IAIA
Giovanna MINNITI
Felicity MURPHY
Paola VIARA-VALLE

Sopranos II
Rossella ANTONACCI
Valérie MARRET
Letizia PIANIGIANI
Laura Maria ROMO CONTRERAS
VITTORIA GIACOBAZZI

Mezzo-sopranos
Teresa BRAMWELL-DAVIES
Géraldine MELAC
Suma MELLANO
Federica SPATOLA

Altos
ORNELLA CORVI
Maria-Elisabetta DE GIORGI
Catia PIZZI
Paola SCALTRITI
Rosa TORTORA

Ténors I
Walter BARBARIA
Lorenzo CALTAGIRONE
Domenico CAPPUCCIO
Vincenzo DI NOCERA
Thierry DIMEO
Nicolo LA FARCIOLA

Ténors II
Gianni COSSU
Pasquale FERRARO
Fabio MARZI
Adolfo SCOTTO DI LUZIO
Salvatore TAIELLO

Barytons
Fabio BONAVITA
Vincenzo CRISTOFOLI
Daniele DEL BUE
Luca VIANELLO

Basses
Andrea ALBERTOLLI
Przemyslaw BARANEK
Paolo MARCHINI
Edgardo RINALDI
Matthew THISTLETON

ORCHESTRE PHILHARMONIQUE DE MONTE-CARLO

Artistic and musical director
KAZUKI YAMADA

Violins I
David Lefèvre
Liza Kerob
Sibylle Duchesne
Ilyoung Chae
Diana Mykhalevych
Gabriel Milito
Sorin Turc
Mitchell Huang
Thierry Bautz
Zhang Zhang
Isabelle Josso
Morgan Bodinaud
Milena Legourska
Jae-Eun Lee
Adela Urcan
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Violins II
Peter Szüts
Nicolas Delclaud
Camille Ameriguian-Musco
Frédéric Gheorghiu
Nicolas Slusznis
Alexandre Guerchovitch
Gian Battista Ermacora
Laetitia Abraham
Katalin Szüts-Lukacs
Eric Thoreux
Raluca Hood-Marinescu
Andriy Ostapchuk
Sofija Radic
Hubert Touzery

Altos
François Méreaux
Federico Andres Hood
François Duchesne
Charles Lockie
Richard Chauvel
Mireille Wojciechowski
Sofia Timofeeva
Tristan Dely
Raphaël Chazal
Ying Xiong
Thomas Bouzy
Ruggero Mastrolorenzi

Cellos
Thierry Amadi
Delphine Perrone
Alexandre Fougeroux
Florence Riquet
Bruno Posadas
Thomas Ducloy
Patrick Bautz
Florence Leblond
Thibault Leroy
Caroline Roeland

Double basses
Matthias Bensmana
Tarik Bahous
Mariana Vouytcheva
Jenny Boulanger
Sylvain Rastoul
Eric Chapelle
Dorian Marcel
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Flutes
ANNE MAUGUE 
RAPHAËLLE TRUCHOT BARRAYA
DELPHINE HUEBER

Piccolo
MALCY GOUGET

Oboe
MATTHIEU BLOCH
MATTHIEU PETITJEAN 
MARTIN LEFÈVRE

English horn
Mathilde Rampelberg

Clarinets
MARIE-B. BARRIÈRE-BILOTE 
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E-flat clarinet
DIANA SAMPAIO

Bass clarinet
Véronique Audard

Bassoons
FRANCK LAVOGEZ 
ARTHUR MENRATH 
MICHEL MUGOT

Contrabassoon 
FRÉDÉRIC CHASLINE

Horns
PATRICK PEIGNIER 
ANDREA CESARI 
DIDIER FAVRE 
BERTRAND RAQUET 
LAURENT BETH 
DAVID PAUVERT

Trumpets
MATTHIAS PERSSON 
GÉRALD ROLLAND 
SAMUEL TUPIN 
RÉMY LABARTHE

Trombones
JEAN-YVES MONIER 
GILLES GONNEAU 
LUDOVIC MILHIET

Tuba
FLORIAN WIELGOSIK

Timpani & Percussions 
Julien Bourgeois
Mathieu Draux
Antoine Lardeau
Noé Ferro

Harp
SOPHIA STECKELER

STAGE STAFF

Stage Director
Xavier Laforge

Main stage manager
Nathalie Bruno

Stage manager
Elisabetta Acella

Lighting manager
Ferxel Fourgon

Assistant lighting manager
Léa Smith

Surtitling manager
Sarah Caussé

TECHNIQUE

Technical Director
Vincent Payen

Technical adviser
Nicola Schmid

Head Machinists
Carlos Grenier
Olivier Kinoo

Deputy head machinists
Yann Moreau
Franck Satizelle

Decorative painter
Gérard Périchon

Stage technicians
Francomarah Augustin
Laurent Barcelo
Tom Cressi
Morgan Dubouil
Jean-Philippe Faraut
Axel Gbedo
Schama Imbert
Frédéric Laugier
David M’Bappé
Khalid Negraoui

Chief électrician
Benoît Vigan

Deputy chief electrician
Dino Bastieri
GAEL LE MAUX

Lighting technicians
Nicolas ALCARAZ
Harley BASILE
Guillaume BREMOND
Grégory CAMPANELLA
Florian CAPELLO
Ludovic DRUIT
Laurent RENAUX

Pupitreurs
Dylan Castori
Grégory Masse

Head of audio/video
Benjamin Grunler

Video technician
Felipe Manrique

Head prop maker
Audrey Moravec

Accessorists
Franck ESCOBAR
Roland BIREN
Landry BASILE
Emilie TRABONA

Head of costumes
Eliane Mezzanotte

Deputy head of costume
Emilie Bouneau

Assistant wardrobe manager
Edwige Galli
Véronique Tetu

Dressers
Roxane AVELLO
Justine BORDARIER
Christian CALVIERA
Carla CAPUANO
Laure CHABOT
Nadine CIMBOLINI
Henda DRIDI
Lili FORTIN
Anaïs GILLOUX
Karinne MARTIN
Florence RINALDINO
Lauriane SENET
Mathieu TARKOWSKI
Anne-Louise VAIDIE

Chief wig and make-up
Déborah Nelson

Deputy Chief wig and make-up
Alicia Bovis

Hairdressers
Mylène AUGET
Jean-Pierre GALLINA
Christine OTASSO
Marilyn RIEUL
Natasha SANNA

Make-up artists
Margot JOURDAN
Sophie KILIAN
Agnès LOZANO
Rémy REBAUDO
Francine RICHARD
Patricia ROCHWERG

A few words with Sir Antonio Pappano

Sir Antonio Pappano

Have you worked in Monte Carlo before? 

When I was very young, I had the chance to do a symphonic programme with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, and remember how excellent it was. We did Shostakovich's First Violin Concerto and Debussy’s Ibéria, both of which were a great challenge for me at the time…


Some words about Jonas Kaufmann…

We have probably been working together for 20 years now. I am proud to have conducted so many of his role debuts at Covent Garden: his first Don José, Cavaradossi, Chénier, Otello, Des Grieux, and others. Moreover, we recorded many of his solo recitals and entire operas. Jonas is a complete artist: his voice, his personality, command of language and musicianship are extraordinary, also his facility to go from a big forte to the softest pianissimo within one phrase. He was courageous and fortunate to have mastered a profound transformation of his vocal technique in order to achieve this, a topic I that fascinates me, my father having been a voice teacher. 

 

What is the difference between Italian 19th century repertoire, such as Verdi, and the turn of the 20th century, for instance Puccini? 

I feel that Verdi’s music is still grounded in the classical period. Even though in his later works it becomes harmonically more inventive, the vocal line remains very much exposed, whereas Puccini famously doubles it up with the orchestra, which requires far more physical power from the singer. But generally, you must always maintain the balance between the three elements of the holy trinity of Italian music: harmony, melody and text. 
 

Could you tell us more about Enrico Caruso, whose 150th birthday we celebrate in 2023? 

You should really listen to him on those old machines for playing 78 records in order to fully understand the size, masculinity and range of this spectacular voice. Moreover, there is an incredible honesty in his singing, it is full of panache and – in the tragic parts – a natural pathos. Of course, Caruso’s rise to fame coincided with the beginning of the recording era, which is why his impact became so big. Every sector of our lives – our history, politics, art or science – has those pillars that mark a particular era, place or time profoundly. Caruso simply defined opera.