Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival and the Opera de Monte-Carlo

When the Casino de Monte-Carlo opened in 1863, Monaco instantly became the popular hangout spot for the aristocracy in Europe. While gambling was the only past-time for the rich and famous, Monte-Carlo SBM company decided to add a concert hall next to the casino, attracting art, music and theatre to the Principality.

Star architect Charles Garnier was hired to enhance the construction and managed to highlight luxury and decoration to the highest degree by combining three types of gold and generously using the lyre symbol. The steel beams in the structure were designed by Gustave Eiffel and large windows overlooking the Mediterranean Sea completed the amazing interior of the Salle Garnier, Opera de Monte-Carlo.

The Opera de Monte-Carlo has welcomed the world’s best performers since its inauguration in 1879 including the Ballet Russes of Serge Diaghilev, French composer Jules Massenet and legendary French actress Sarah Bernhardt. The grandeur of the venue with magnificent acoustics continues to impress modern acts such as those recently performed by Prince, Lionel Richie or Lana Del Rey.

Therefore, in every November since 2006, the Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival brings spectators on a musical journey through the past, present and future of jazz, bringing together living legends and future greats. Held in the Opera Garnier inside the Casino de Monte-Carlo, guests are able to marvel at the amazing and golden architecture inside the theatre, while soaking in the infectious jazz music performances.

Artistic Director of the festival, Jean-René Palacio, curates the programme every year, each time better than before. Internationally celebrated jazz artists have gathered in Monaco, including Marcus Miller, Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles, Wilson Chante Montand or Angelique Kidjo, who recently graced the 2-week festival in Monaco.

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