Calling all lovers of the operatic arts! The programme for the Monte-Carlo Opera’s 2020-2021 season was announced on June 22nd.

The season will open on October 21st at the Salle Garnier of the Monte-Carlo Opera with the classic Nosferatu by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau, adapted for film concert by Jean-François Zygel. This will be followed by three shows at the Grimaldi Forum — the National Day of Monaco on November 19th with a concert by Cécilia Bartolli, three performances of Georges Bizet’s Carmen and, to end the year, a performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s I due foscari.

Starting off on the right foot

In 2021, shows will return to the Monte-Carlo Opera with, in January, a concert by Mexican tenor Javier Camarena, accompanied by Prince-Monaco musicians. This will be followed by four performances of Jules Massenet’s opera Thaïs, then, in early February, two concerts of Belcanto with Karine Deshayes and Olga Peretyatko. Rossini’s Le Comte Ory, which had been postponed due to COVID-19, was to be performed on four dates at the end of February. After a recital by Bryn Terfel, the public will be able to attend Verdi’s opera I lombardi alla prima crociata in March, never before performed on stage in the Principality. Finally, the season will close at the beginning of May with Boris Godounov, an opera in seven acts by Modeste Mussorgsky.

“It’s a relief after the ordeal we’ve been through which caused many of our shows to be cancelled (…) it was about time to start off on the right foot”, Jean-Louis Grinda, the opera’s artistic director, told Monaco Info. “This is a moment of hope, of faith in the future, the moment when the artists will be able to find their audience again.”

Dates and further information can be found on the Monte-Carlo Opera website.