Experience a musical Monegasque summer

Publication date: 26/06/2024
There’s music in the air in Monaco this summer.

The Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Kazuki Yamada, has unveiled its programme for the 2024/2025 season, And it promises to be eclectic, featuring music by the great classical composers, up-and-coming young talents, and tribute concerts celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Ravel, and the 50th anniversary of the death of Shostakovich. The Orchestra is keeping faith with events that have now become part of its tradition, including the popular Musical Happy Hour performances, concerts for families and young audiences, spiritual concerts, and its “Mozart in Monaco” festival, returning for a fourth year.

The Opéra de Monte-Carlo, under the direction of Italian mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli, has also announced its programme for the 2024/2025 season which includes 14 productions, including five fully-staged operas and three concert performances.  The curtain will go up at the end of October with a special festival marking the centenary of the death of Giacomo Puccini, consisting of a series of four events that promise to be absolutely unmissable.

The Grimaldi Forum too will be hosting its share of musical magic, with outstanding artists including pianist Khatia Buniatishvili performing a recital on 27 June, followed by Italian singer Zucchero on 9 July.

In Monaco, it's not just the restaurants and the night skies that are star-studded. You'll find some of the world's biggest and brightest stars at the Sporting Monte-Carlo and the Opéra Garnier, with thrilling entertainment and unforgettable concerts during the Monte-Carlo Summer Festival. Since 1974, a succession of household names have performed at the Salle des Etoiles, the Opéra Garnier, and more recently the Place du Casino: Frank Sinatra, Céline Dion, Cirque du Soleil, Tina Turner, John Legend, Jamie Cullum, and Rihanna…                 

To kick off this 2024 edition, French pop stars will be lighting up the Monegasque stage from 6 July as part of their Stars 80 tour. The legendary troupe will be performing at a special concert to mark the 20th anniversary of local charity Fights Aids Monaco. They will be followed by a string of music megastars who will illuminate the Principality night after night during the summer, from Sam Smith on 9 July to Diana Krall on 16 July, and a double-header by Lenny Kravitz on 15 and 16 August. And for the first time ever, the Monte-Carlo Summer Festival will be welcoming a comedian - and not just any comedian either. None other than the king of stand-up, actor and presenter Trevor Noah, will be at the Sporting for an unmissable show on 29 July!

Every summer, the famous Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra relocates its prowess to the heart of the Cour d’Honneur of the Prince’s Palace, where it stages performances unlike any other. The Philharmonic first played at the Palace back in 1959, rekindling a hundred-year-old tradition established by the Grimaldi family. The orchestra sets up between the two 17th century staircases, and the magic is instant. When classical music and the splendour of the Prince’s Palace come together, the result is nothing less than magnificent.  A series of seven open-air concerts promise moments of pure magic in a historic location.

Over at the Larvotto seaside complex down by the water’s edge you’ll find La Note Bleue, a timeless restaurant where the menu boasts a mix of great food and eclectic, expertly chosen music.
Exploring everything from funk and soul to jazz and jazz fusion, melodies marry perfectly with the Mediterranean-influenced cuisine. And the Summer Festival is set to return to the restaurant’s Music Bar. Experience performances by up-and-coming artists and international music legends, and dance the warm summer nights away!


Photo credits: ©Société des Bains de Mer Monte-Carlo / Michael Alesi-Palais Princier / Opéra de Monte-Carlo / Orchestre Philarmonique de Monte-Carlo / Grimaldi Forum Monaco / La Note Bleue