A unique world heritage
Jewel of the Casino de Monte-Carlo, the Salle Garnier continues to embody the excess and boldness that characterised the building of the Casino de Monte-Carlo.
To continue to shine and expand, the Société des Bains de Mer decided to add a concert hall to its casino. To do this, Marie Blanc, who had been running SBM since the death of her husband, hired Charles Garnier.
Garnier highlighted luxury and decoration to the highest degree, combining three types of gold and generously using the lyre symbol. The steel beams in the structure were designed by Gustave Eiffel. Large windows overlooking the sea make the event hall a unique venue.
Between 2003 and 2005, the Salle Garnier was completely restored, and the classic style was maintained. The work was entrusted to Mr Alain-Charles Perrot, chief architect of French Historical Monuments, who brought the original decor to life. Although it only took 8 months for Charles Garnier to build the concert hall, it took 2 years to restore its old-world glory, with the same passion for excellence as always.
The biggest names in show business get top billing in opera and theatre at the Salle Garnier, including the biggest among the biggest: Sarah Bernhardt. The Opéra de Monte-Carlo has become a place where the cultural avant-garde blossom, boosting the distinguished status of this event hall among Europe’s most eminent venues.
Jules Massenet performs there regularly and the Russian ballets of Serge Diaghilev regularly take up residence there. The establishment welcomes many other creative geniuses such as Georges Bizet, Gabriel Fauré, Camille Saint-Saëns, Verdi and Maurice Ravel.
The works of Berlioz, Rossini, and Wagner have been triumphantly performed. Many major operas have premièred there, including Damnation by Faust (1893), L’enfant et les Sortilèges (1925), Don Quixote (1910) and Déjanire (1911).
The greatest opera singers of the twentieth century have been heard at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo, including Nellie Melba, Enrico Caruso, Tito Schipa, Georges Thillet and more recently Ruggero Raimondi, Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti.
An eclectic repertoire
The Opéra de Monte-Carlo has maintained the great opera tradition while supporting creativity. The excellent
acoustics of the Salle Garnier mean that the audience can enjoy amazing shows, such as the Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival, which brings together the greatest jazz musicians every autumn.
All year long, many international stars perform in this magical setting, including Prince, Lionel Richie, Patti Smith, Peter Doherty, Jane Birkin, the legendary rock band YES, the fabulous Lana del Rey, Carla Bruni and many more.
Read more about the programme for the Opéra de Monte-Carlo on the Opera website.