Les Musiciens du Prince-Monaco
The ensemble Les Musiciens du Prince-Monaco was founded at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo in the spring of 2016 on the initiative of Cecilia Bartoli and in collaboration with the company’s director, Jean-Louis Grinda. It received the immediate support of HSH Prince Albert II and HRH the Princess of Hanover. Since then Les Musiciens du Prince-Monaco and Cecilia Bartoli have appeared to public and critical acclaim in Europe’s leading centres of music.
As the ensemble’s artistic director, Cecilia Bartoli has brought together some of the world’s finest musicians specializing in historically informed performance practice in order to create an orchestra inspired by the musical traditions that flourished at Europe’s principal courts in the 17th and 18th centuries. Central to Bartoli’s artistic vision are leading Baroque composers such as Handel and Vivaldi as well as the music of Rossini. With the aim to excite audiences’ curiosity, she champions the rediscovery of works that have never or only rarely been performed in the modern period. She is supported in this objective by an orchestra whose flexibility and palette of tone colours differ markedly from those of a modern orchestra.
The orchestra’s inaugural concert took place in the main courtyard of the Palace of Monaco on 8 July 2016 in the presence of the princely family. In November of that year Les Musiciens du Prince-Monaco and Cecilia Bartoli embarked on their first European tour. Their second tour in 2017 marked the bicentenary of the premiere of La Cenerentola. The conductor was Gianluca Capuano. They made their Salzburg debut at that year’s Whitsun Festival in Ariodante and in a concert performance of La donna del lago. In the autumn of 2017 they gave four sold-out performances of La Cenerentola at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo, again with Bartoli in the title role and under the musical direction of Gianluca Capuano. Les Musiciens du Prince-Monaco returned to the Salzburg Whitsun Festival in 2018 for a recital of arias by the Mexican tenor Javier Camarena. The programme was also performed in Pavia and recorded for a CD produced by the Cecilia Bartoli Music Foundation. Following a Vivaldi concert in the Palace of Monaco in July 2018 the orchestra set off on a further tour of Europe, giving 20 concerts in nine different countries. This tour was followed in February 2019 by a memorable series of performances of Ariodante at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo, the first time that Handel’s opera had been staged there. They were conducted by Gianluca Capuano, who in March 2019 was named the orchestra’s principal conductor. Under his direction Les Musiciens du Prince-Monaco returned to Salzburg for Alcina and for a gala concert, Farinelli & Friends, at Whitsun 2019. The production of Alcina was revived that summer.
The orchestra’s schedule for 2019/20 includes more than 20 concerts throughout Europe and a production of Rossini’s Le Comte Ory at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo before the ensemble returns to Salzburg for the 2020 Whitsun and summer Festivals.
Les Musiciens du Prince-Monaco are in residence at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo.