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Festival: Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo

About the festival

The Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo festival, created in 1970 at the instigation of Princess Grace of Monaco, has been presided over by H.R.H. the Princess of Hanover since 1984. It was then directed by Antoine Battaini, Director of Cultural Affairs in the Principality, assisted by Tibor Katona, former conductor of the Orchestre de Monte-Carlo and artistic consultant for the new festival. More than thirty years later, the adventure continues, more exciting than ever. In 1985, news of a second edition of the festival was announced during a Parisian press conference attended by Princess Caroline, this time at Ledoyen on the Champs-Élysées. This festival was born under the best auspices with the top soloists invited: Daniel Barenboïm (and again in 1985), Ruggiero Raimondi, Ileana Cotrubas, Tereza Berganza. In 1986 they were followed by the Deller Consort, Maria-Joao Pires, Piero Capuccilli, the Talich Quartet… and Nathan Milstein (the legendary 82 year old violinist). In 1987, le Printemps welcomed Margaret Price and Alicia de Larrocha, and scheduled, over several years, a series of baroque operas that had never been seen before. Thus in 1987 people discovered Le Cinesi by Glück, under the direction of René Jacobs, in 1988 it was Il Pittor parigino by Cimarosa that they enjoyed, Alceste by Glück in 1989, Flavio by Handel in 1989, Mitridate in 1991, the year of Mozart, Montezuma by Vivaldi in 1992 and Orfeo by Ferdinando Bertoni in 1993.

It was in 2001 that the fate of the new Printemps des Arts would be sealed by the arrival of Marc Monnet, who set himself the objective of conquering a new audience, particularly young people. 

In 2011, the festival was transformed into 4 weekends and welcomed whirling dervishes along with the SWR Baden-Baden and Freiburg Symphony Orchestra. In 2012, the festival invited three of the greatest orchestras in Europe: the London Symphony Orchestra, the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich and the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden to play Bruckner’s symphonies and, in 2013, the festival hosted notably The Royal Ballet of Cambodia, the Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste (Democratic Republic of the Congo) and the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev.
In 2014 the festival celebrated its 30th anniversary, thirty years of cultural adventures, thirty years of the Printemps des Arts except for one: in 2005 the festival was stopped after the death of Prince Rainier III. Le Printemps, the Principality and the world grieved for their “builder prince”. Their Royal Highnesses Prince Albert and Princess Caroline continue to support the cultural vitality of the Principality.

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