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ALL SHOWS ARE PERFORMED AT THE MONTE CARLO OPERA except those in November
November 2023
Thursday
02 November
20 H

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Messa da requiem
Verdi
Sunday
19 November
19 H (by invitation from the Palais)

Staged Concert
Caruso à Monaco
Wednesday
22 November
20 H

Opera
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Don Carlo
Verdi
Friday
24 November
20 H

Opera
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Don Carlo
Verdi
Sunday
26 November
15 H

Opera
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Don Carlo
Verdi
December 2023
Saturday
16 December
20 H (Gala)

Musical
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The Phantom of the Opera
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

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

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

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

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

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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)

Opera
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Giulio Cesare in Egitto
Haendel
Friday
26 January
19 H

Opera
Giulio Cesare in Egitto
Haendel
Sunday
28 January
15 H

Opera
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Giulio Cesare in Egitto
Haendel
Monday
29 January
20 H

Choral concert
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Ein deutsches Requiem
Brahms
Tuesday
30 January
19 H

Opera
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Giulio Cesare in Egitto
Haendel
February 2024
Friday
23 February
20 H (Gala)

Opera
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Cavalleria rusticana & Gianni Schicchi
Mascagni & Puccini
Saturday
24 February
20 H

Aria Recital
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Rolando Villazón
Sunday
25 February
15 H

Opera
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Cavalleria rusticana & Gianni Schicchi
Mascagni & Puccini
Tuesday
27 February
20 H

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

Opera
Cavalleria rusticana & Gianni Schicchi
Mascagni & Puccini
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

Staged Concert
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Their Master’s Voice
Malkovich - Bartoli
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Cecilia Bartoli
& Lang Lang
23 March 2024 Recital
Mezzosoprano Cecilia Bartoli
Piano Lang Lang

Cecilia Bartoli & Lang Lang

Recital
Saturday 23 March 2024 - 17 h
Opéra de Monte-Carlo

Exceptional Gala Opening of the Bal de la Rose

Music by Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, among others...

In 2008 Cecilia Bartok undertook a veritable “marathon” of concerts to honour the 200th anniversary of the birth of Maria Malibran. These celebrations brought together some of the world’s finest musicians, among them the Chinese pianist Lang Lang. It turned out to be an artistic epiphany for the two artists who discovered that they share the same energy, the same love of nuances and the search for colours in music, as well as enjoying virtuoso rivalry. As one of the most sought-after pianists with a worldwide reputation, Lang Lang’s concerts are a major event. Laureate at the age of 13 of the Tchaikovsky Competition, he completed his studies at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. His recording in 2003 of Tchaikovsky’s and Mendelssohn’s Piano Concertos was acclaimed  by his peers. Since then, his performances at events such as the World Cup in Munich and the Olympic Games in Beijing, as well as numerous multi-genre performances beyond the world of classical music, have made him hugely popular. This rare recital, which will open the Bal de la Rose 2024, will bring these two iconic personalities together again at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo.

Artists
Mezzosoprano | Cecilia Bartoli
Piano | Lang Lang
Artists' biographies
Musical program

Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725) 
« Già il sole dal Gange » canzonetta
« Se Florindo è fedele » 
La donna è ancora fedele

Antonio Caldara (1670-1736)
« Selve amiche, ombrose piante » arietta La constanza in amor vince l’inganno

Alessandro Parisotti (1853-1919) 
«Se tu m’ami» arietta (anciennement attribuée à Jean-Baptiste Pergolèse 1710-1736)

Attr. à Giuseppe Giordani (1751-1798) ou à Tommaso Giordani (né entre 1730 et 1733-1806)  
« Caro mio ben » arietta

Giovanni Paisiello (1740-1816)
« Chi vuol la zingarella » canzone

Georg Friedrich Haendel (1685-1759) 
« Lascia la spina » aria Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno 


Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)
Pêchés de vieillesse (vol. I, 8 à 10) La regata veneziana, tre canzonette
« Là su la machina » anzoleta avanti la regata
« Ixe qua vardeli povereti » anzoleta co passa la regata
« Ciapa un baso » anzoleta dopo la regata


Pêchés de vieillesse
« La Passeggiata » (vol. I, 12)
« L’Orpheline du Tyrol » (vol. II, 11)

« En medio a mis colores » canzonetta spagnuola (c. 1821)


Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835)  
« Vaga luna che inargenti » arietta

Ernesto De Curtis (1875-1937) 
« Ti voglio tanto bene » canzone

Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)
Les Soirées musicales
« La Danza » tarantella napoletana 

A few words with Lang Lang

Lang Lang

Have you played at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo before and what do you remember about it? 
I played in this theatre once. It was for the 150th anniversary of the SBM during the Monte Carlo Jazz Festival. I remember that H.S.H. Prince Albert attended, I remember the absolutely beautiful, glorious building, and that we did a jam session with the wonderful Jamie Cullum.
 

Mostly, you play solo recitals or with orchestra, but rarely, for instance, partnering a singer. Are there any differences? 

There is a huge difference. With singers you must listen carefully and support them. Because you are accompanying them, you play generally lighter. You must perform intimately and open all your sensibilities – especially with Cecilia Bartoli, who is the most sensitive great musician. 
 

It is rare that you perform with Cecilia Bartoli. How did you get  to know her?

Probably far more than ten years ago I met her backstage during one of her US tours. I was still a student at Curtis and had fallen in love with her artistry. I went to see her and I think we immediately became friends. 
 

How would you describe the effect great music can have on people? 

I am so grateful that we can do this concert together in Monte Carlo. It is the first time since our last recital during Cecilia’s Malibran marathon at Salle Pleyel many years ago. With her, I always play with the most delicate sound. She encouraged me to use the sixth sense when performing, to find the softest dynamics and finest nuance in colour. I hope that our concert will give people some new inspiration. I would like to imagine that it awakens your other sense of knowing the sound. And that it gives you something you never felt before. 
 

What project or repertoire are you working on currently?

I am working on a new, French-inspired album with the Carnival of the Animals and Saint-Saëns’s Second Piano Concerto. And for my recitals I am preparing a new programme with Chopin Polonaises and Mazurkas, and Schumann. So I am back to the Romantics!