AUGUST 2018: NIGHT AND DAY IN MONTECARLO!

by Ilaria Sismondini

MONACO. The show goes on in Montecarlo, so don’t miss the magnificent  exhibition “THE GOLD OF THE PHARAOS”, you have time until September the 9th. Also not to be missed the INTERNATIONAL MUSICAL FIREWORKS COMPETITION and the biggest stars in the world performing at the SPORTING SUMMER FESTIVAL. Moreover, you will also be able to fill your sport bucket list with amazing waterskiing and sailing challenges. 

August – until September 9th – THE GOLD OF THE PHARAOHS  – GRIMALDI FORUM – Following in the footsteps of the tremendously successful Queens of Egypt exhibition in 2008, the new 2018 summer exhibition once again showcases Egypt at Grimaldi Forum. 2,500 years of goldsmithing in Ancient Egypt, THE GOLD OF THE PHARAOHS presents a series of prestigious ensembles discovered in the royal tombs of Egypt’s Pharaohs, featuring jewellery, vases, pendants, bracelets, gold and silver belts, necklaces, golden disc mirrors, sarcophagi, gold-plated furniture, and funerary masks. Thanks to the precious expertise of Christiane Ziegler, the curator of the exhibition, you will find numerous documents explaining the extraordinary discoveries. The exhibition showcase sthese works, which represent one of the most ancient and universal forms of artistic expression.

August 11th, fireworks at 21:30: Bulgary –  NTERNATIONAL MUSICAL FIREWORKS COMPETITION – The competition has been held since 1966 and brings pyrotechnic specialists from around the world to show off their talent. Fireworks begin around 9:30PM, or when it is dark. There is good viewing from several locations: around the port sitting at a café, from the palace area or along the ramparts of Fort Antoine, and just off the Casino Terrace. The competition goes through the month of August and the winner returns November 18 to create the fireworks display on the evening before the National Holiday. Moreover, on August 11th, the Hotel Hermitage Monte-Carlo will be offering an idyllic setting to admire the unique show from the terrace of the restaurant Le Vistamar, where you can enjoy a gourmet dinner deftly prepared by Chef Benoit Witz, at  €195/person, 4-course menu  (including a half-bottle of champagne rosé millésimé); or get a front-row seat to the fireworks display from the terrace of L’Hirondelle  and watch as the “Solarium” transforms into a “Lunarium”. From 20.00 to midnight, enjoy the dazzling fireworks display in a cosy lounge atmosphere; or enjoy  the “Pop-up Terraces” by Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo at 120€ /person, 4-Course Menu (glass of champagne included). Finally, at the Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo, the restaurant Le Grill offers a breathtaking panoramic view from the terrace and retractable roof. Take in the show as you enjoy a menu specially designed for the event, at €175/person for a special 4-course menu. Information/booking: Le Vistamar: T.(377) 98 06 98 98 – L’Hirondelle: T.(377) 98 06 69 30 – Le Grill: T.(377) 98 06 88 88.

August 12 at 5 pm DAVID CASSA and August 19th at 5 pm MAMI SATAKO – MONACO CATHEDRAL – 13th INTERNATIONAL ORGAN FESTIVAL – The Improvisation by David Cassan to a screening of The Phantom of the Opera (Rupert Julian, 1925), and the performance by Mami Satako from Japan ar organised by the Department of Cultural Affairs.

August 10,14,19&31 – ROMAN THEATRE -FOUR OPEN AIR CONCERTS – VENTIMIGLIA – ITALY (on the French border, 30 minutes from Monaco). After almost four years of work and almost 2 millions euros spent, the Roman theatre  of Ventimiglia is reborn. The doors of the archaeological area of Albintimilium and its “jewel” have reopened. At the ribbon cut on August 7th, with the mayor Enrico Ioculano and the president of the Province Fabio Natta, there were also Valentina Fiore and Simona Bertolucci, director of the Ventimiglia pole and the museum pole of Liguria. They illustrated the intervention, with the mission of return the theater to the city: «It is a space where to make and spread culture and a new aggregative space». Fiore said. It will be the stage of many events: the first show on Friday the 10th, with the “Aulularia” of Plautus, open day on August 14th, a tribute to Pink Floyd on August 19th and  the poetry show “Dell’amore le parole” on the 31st. The theatre lovers will appreciate this new venue. Corso Genova 134/ Via Julia Augusta-Ventimiglia – T. fax: + 39 0184 – 252320 – E-mail:sba-lig@beniculturali.it – website: www.archeoge.beniculturali.it

Until 18th August 2018- SPORTING SUMMER FESTIVAL 2018- Once night falls, Monte-Carlo sparkles even brighter with fabulous summer concerts at the exclusive Monte-Carlo Sporting Club. All summer long this club under the stars, pulsates with the sounds of international recording artists and first-rate shows. Past stars have included Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, The Beach Boys, Diana Krall, Lionel Richie, Julio Iglesias. Among many others, the famous Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli performed for his first time abroad at The Salle des Etoiles in 1995.  Throughout August 2018, come to Monaco and meet the biggest stars in the world at the Monte-Carlo Sporting Summer Festival! Since its creation, the Monte-Carlo Sporting Summer Festival has earned the reputation of bringing the biggest stars to its stage. Backed by more than 150 years of Monte-Carlo magic, the festival and its exceptional programming continue to put Monaco, the Salle des Etoiles Monte-Carlo, and  the Casino at the top of the summer calendar with some amamzing concerts byGrace Jones, Rita Ora, Nancy Ajram, the famous Russian singer Stas Mikhaylov and an exclusive performance created specifically for Salle des Etoiles from August 14th to 18th of Le cirque du Soleil. Furthermore, we are pleased to recall that the Monte-Carlo Sporting Summer Festival closed in grandeur last year on the 21st of August with a concert by the world’s most beloved tenor Andrea Bocelli at the Salle des Étoiles. Bocelli will be at the Arena of Verona on September 8th 2018 for a charitable concert on behalf of his Foundation, not to be missed… see more on our post http://www.montecarlotimes.eu/2018/08/05/andrea-bocellis-double-committment-music-solidarity/

Until August 12 – STEFANO SIGNORONI & The MC – HOTEL DE PARIS -MONTE-CARLO – THE BAR AMERICAIN – Singer-cum-piano player, Stefano Signoroni is an Italian artist used to performing on the biggest and most prestigious stages of Italy and Europe. Sharing the stage with the band The MC since 2011, Stefano Signoroni will be offering evenings of great fun and entertainment with a mix of popular melodies and timeless classics. Enjoy the class act of musicians in dinner jackets performing everything from swing to elegant international pop for summer evenings that promise to be unforgettable. Information / Reservations: T. (377) 98.06.38.38

August 20th from 7 pm – LA NOCHE BLANCA – at COYA MONTE-CARLO – La Noche Blanca is considered as the ultimate summer party to make with family or friends! Start your evening with the cocktails of the summer and pursue it while savoring delicious Peruvian dishes. Enjoy a 100% festive atmosphere. Incredible entertainment will be provided to make you dance until the early hours. Reservations recommended: T. +377.98.06.20.20. OR coyamontecarlo@sbm.mc Dress code: WHITE!

August 21st – 26th – PALERMO/MONTECARLO REGATTA – The Palermo-Montecarlo is an offshore regatta among the most important and renowned in the Mediterranean Sea. The race is part of numerous international circuits including the Italian Offshore Championship of the Italian Sailing Federation, the Mediterranean Offshore Trophy, the Owner of the Year delivered by UVAI association and the IRC Championnat et Trophees Inshore and Offshore Mediterranee en Equipages.Founded in 2005 following both wishes from Principality of Monaco Consul and the City of Palermo sports council to unite two historically friendly cities through a yacht race, the Palermo-Montecarlo offers a regatta with high technical contents and beautiful landscapes to all sailing lovers. The regatta’s record is held by Igor Simcic’s maxi Esimit Europa 2, main player in several editions: completing the course in 47 hours, 46 minutes and 48 seconds in 2015, he smashed the previous record of one hour and fifteen minutes. In addition to the victory in real time, beating this record remains one of the targets for the Maxi Yachts expected on the starting line of the next 14th edition of the Palermo-Montecarlo, scheduled from 21 to 26 August 2018.

August 23rd – RECITAL ANNA NETREBKO & YUSIF EYVAZOV – OPERA GARNIER MONTE-CARLO – A celebration of the world’s best opera voices, Anna Netrebko (soprano) and Yusif Eyvazov (tenor), live in concert with dazzling arias by Verdi, Puccini, Strauss, Rimsky-Korsakov and many others. Anna Netrebko has redefined the meaning of being an opera star. Today’s reigning prima donna routinely headlines major productions at leading opera houses across the globe. She was the first classical musician to be chosen as one of the “Time 100,” Time magazine’s list of the world’s most influential people. With her distinctively beautiful voice, abundant charisma, and arresting stage presence, she makes an indelible impression with each of the roles she portrays. Together with her husband Yusif Eyvazov they form a breathtaking couple on stage. Born in Baku, Azerbaijan, Eyvazov mastered his professionalism in Italy. Critics call him “an exciting tenor whose pure human voice trained to do exceptional things reaches us in a way that no other sound does…” His sound is metallic, stentorian and markedly Italianate. Yusif Eyvazov appearances feature the Metropolitan Opera, the Wiener Staatsoper, the Paris Opera, the Staatsoper Berlin, the Mariinsky Theatre and others. Le Casino Monte-Carlo and Berin Art present a seated concert – Price:  from 685€ -Correct attire
Summer 2018- World champion Daniele Cassioli in action

August 31 2018 – LOBODA – CONCERT – OPERA GARNIER MONTE-CARLO –  Svetlana Serhiivna Loboda, born on October 1982 in Kiev, also known by the stage name LOBODA, is a Ukrainian singer and composer. As a young girl, Loboda studied the piano, conducting, variety and jazz vocal. She grew up to have the experience of being a composer, a leading role actress in a musical, a TV host, a designer, a photographer, a singer in Ukraine’s, Russia’s and CIS most popular girl band and finally as a solo artist. From an early age Loboda showed a tendency for music and acting, making home musicals for her parents and relatives on family holidays. Loboda studied the piano and at the same time mastered the art of singing and conducting. Loboda continued with her music studies and entered the department of variety and jazz singing at the Kiev Variety and Circus Academy. It was at this time that she became a member of the band “Cappuccino”. In 2003 she auditioned for the first ever-Ukrainian professional musical “The Equator”, where she received the leading role of “Mirana”. On 28 December 2003, she started a new band – “Catch”. Svetlana was the creator of the repertoire and stage costumes for the band. That was her first professional experience as a composer and designer. Loboda represented Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 and finished at the 12th place. Loboda released her solo single “Live easy” in January 2010, “Heart is beating” with Max Barskih in spring, and “Revolution” in October. She described Revolution as “a powerful song, with a powerful message. Seated concert – Price: from 305 € – Correct attire

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