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Monaco’s Princely Palace Concerts 60th Anniversary


_OPMC Palais Princier credit G.Luci 1This year, Monaco celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra’s summer concerts, held in the courtyard of the Princely Palace. This year, the most famous conductors from all over the world will come to Monte Carlo from July 18 to August 8.     

 Since 1959, the tradition of the Palace concerts has been to offer music lovers from all around the world the chance to attend open-air concerts during the summer months, in the very courtyard of His Serene Highness Albert II, Prince of Monaco. His father, Prince Rainier III and the Musical Orchestra director, Louis Frémaux, inaugurated the first summer concerts 60 years ago. Through the years, those concerts have become a tradition, and a place where international classical music lovers come together. In July and August each year, the Princely family transforms the Palace’s courtyard into a magical place for this special occasion, offering open-air concerts with the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra and prestigious guests.     

 This legendary tradition began with Prince Louis II’s Jubilee, honouring the Prince’s exceptional artistic events that he offered to the people of Monaco. This is when the Prince realised the acoustic qualities of the Princely Palaces’ courtyard. 2019 marks the 60th anniversary of this discovery and the tradition of summer concerts. The concerts have had another plus - highlighting the talent of the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra around the world and cementing its ranks as one of the best in Europe. 

 This season’s concerts will open on July 18 under the direction of Alain Altinoglu alongside the mezzo-soprano Nora Gubisch, with Maurice Ravel’s “Shéhérazade”, “Rapsodie espagnole” and Claude Debussy’s lyrical drama “Pelléas et Mélissande”. After that, different conductors will take turn in the courtyard of the Princely Palace. 

July 21 - Tomas Netopil featuring Josef Spacek (violin)

July 25 - Alexander Vedernikov and Nikolai Lugansky (piano) 

July 28 - Kazuki Yamada and Nelson Freire (piano) 

August 4 - Gianluigi Gelmetti featuring Gherard Oppitz (piano)  

August 8 - Lawrence Foster and Szymon Nehring (piano)

Please note that the Palace has offered some advice for concert goers, most importantlyto respect the start time and not being late and also to respect the dress code. Listed as “tenue de ville” - which in the Principality means jacket and ties – be mindful as these are compulsory and no refund will be made if refused entry.

In case of bad weather conditions, the concerts will be held on the same night at 10pm at the Auditorium Rainier III, Boulevard Louis II in Monte Carlo.

- Alexa Bouhelier-Ruelle