When opera sets the tone
This is where it all started and where everything converges. The extravagant little candy box built by Charles Garnier as an extension to the casino was Monte-Carlo’s first cultural tourist site. The only opera house with a view of the sea was inaugurated with a performance by Sarah Bernhardt, and it was here that Serge Diaghilev and his famous Ballets Russes staged productions that marked the Rock’s cultural life forever. Only Maria Callas is missing from the line-up. Jean-Louis Grinda, director of this 600-seat theater, sees its smallness as an asset for artists performing for spectators who don’t miss a thing, as it forces the former to seek perfection. All of the Principality’s cultural institutions collaborate here, from dancers of the Ballets de Monte-Carlo to scenography students at the Pavillon Bosio.
Opéra de Monte-Carlo
Place du Casino. Tél. +377 98 06 28 28.www.opera.mc