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The Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo festival has been bringing together musicians from all over the world since 1984, revisiting the great classics while also introducing exclusive contemporary compositions.

Established at the behest of Princess Grace, the Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo takes place over four or five great weekends during spring.

The Princess of Hanover has been president of the festival since 1984, and the composer Marc Monnet held the role of Director from 2003 to 2021. Bruno Mantovani will take over from him as Artistic Director from 2022.

With a focus on creativity, the event is characterised by a diversity of artistic expression (featuring music from the eleventh to the twenty-first centuries, symphonies, operas, recitals, performances, dances and more) and a high standard of quality, which is embodied by the biggest artists.

Daniel Barenboim, Ruggero Raimondi and Ileana Cotrubaș were the first soloists to perform at the festival. Festival headliners have also included Yehudi Menuhin, Montserrat Caballé, Mstislav Rostropovich and Luciano Pavarotti.

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In addition to these big names from the classical scene, a number of “young stars” have made their débuts at the Printemps des Arts, including Maxim Vengerov and Cecilia Bartoli, who will take over leadership of the Monte-Carlo Opera in 2021. The festival also hosts internationally renowned orchestras.

Every year, more than 500 invited artists perform some 30 concerts attended by over 10,000 people. Often offering the unexpected, the Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo continues to surprise its audiences. The festival prioritises the discovery of musical cultures, and takes audiences on a journey across continents, from Africa (including, among others, the Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste of Kinshasa) to Asia (with, for example, the Royal Ballet of Cambodia), staging events in Monaco’s performance spaces as well as more unusual locations, such as museums and even car parks.

 

 

The 2021 Monaco Spring Arts Festival will arouse the curiosity of music fans.

This event, which runs from 11 March to 11 April, is based on five main themes: “The Vienna School,” “A Portrait of Franz Liszt,” “French Music,” “The Harpsichord in All its Forms” and “Musical Theatre.” Gérard Pesson will be the composer in residence.

For Marc Monnet’s last event, Arno Fabre is staging his work Bibilolo, a which is a real game of sounds (featuring babbling, pygmy music, Irish melodies and a Yamaha DX7 synthesiser). “It will be a ballet for plastic animals, radio-controlled diggers, exterminating robots and cast shadows,” promises the artist.

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