by Ilaria Sismondini

As always in Monte-Carlo, the winter 2020 season is full of prestigious events: music, fashion, culture, sport and many others follow one another without interruption!

January 12, 2020 at 6 p.m . – MONTECARLO PHILARMONIC ORCHESTRA – RAINIER III AUDITORIUM – GREAT SEASON SERIES – CHERE FAMILLE – Thanks to its ability to combine tradition and modernity, the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra plays a leading role in the interpretation of symphonic works from the great repertoire, the revival of rare and contemporary works, lyric and choreographic creation. Eliahu INBAL, direction – Marie-Nicole LEMIEUX, contralto (Artist in residence) – Richard WAGNER Wesendonck-Lieder (Orchestration Mottl) – Richard STRAUSS Sinfonia Domestica, opus 52 – The bewitching Wesendonck-Lieder, composed by Wagner on poems by Mathilde Wesendonck which he had fallen in love with, will for some, be taken up and expanded, in Tristan and Isolde. Marie-Nicole Lemieux will sublimate them for our greatest pleasure. Richard Stauss evoked his Sinfonia Domestica, before its composition, as “a family scherzo with double fugue on three themes” “My Home” – As a prelude to the concert “presentation of works” at 5:00 pm by André Peyrègne. Information: Tel +377 93 10 85 00 – Places at the youth rate (-25 years old) are available on presentation of proof at the counter of the Atrium du Casino. – For any group reservation request (+10 people) or works council, please contact us by email at

January 16 – February 2, 2020 – CHAPITEAU DE FONTVIEILLE – 44th FESTIVAL DU CIRQUE – Founded by HSH Prince Rainier of Monaco in 1974, the Monte Carlo Circus Festival has become the most important and the most prestigious world event of the Circus. Like the Hollywood Academy Awards, the Golden Clowns will reward the best attractions selected by the jury chaired by HSH Princess Stéphanie. A breathtaking 3:30 show every day bringing together artists, clowns and animals from around the world. Take part in these magical moments in the Principality for memories forever etched in your memory. Information: VIP Package: your reserved place in a Lodge around the central circle or in the 1st category grandstand (1st series A on the map) with an ideal view of the track, on the date of your choice – Souvenir gift of the event given to each guest – HiEvents Assistance – Optional: Accommodation, transfers, activities, etc. Prices per person / tax (20% VAT) Lodge – from € 250 or € 300 incl. Tax – 1st Category – from € 150 or € 180 incl. Tax -Tel: +33 (0) 4 93 21 95 01 info @ hieventsgroup. com

January 23, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. – RAINIER III AUDITORIUM – 2nd EDITION OF THE MONACO PERSONAL SERVICES FAIR (CONFEX SAP MONACO) – MONACO – PACA – The only “confex” (conference-exhibition) organized in Monaco and in the PACA region , dedicated to personal service as a whole, the Personal Services show (SAP), will be back for a second edition on January 23, 2020, at the Rainier III Auditorium! New meeting for individuals and professionals in the sector, this day of exchange and conferences accessible to all for free meets a double objective: to inform, help, advise, and offer personalized support and tailor-made solutions to individuals, families , seniors and caregivers to simplify and improve their daily lives, in other words to “live better” and age more serenely. Allow professionals in personal services to learn and train on developments in the sector, to create or boost their activity and their network, but also to improve the quality of their service provision. More info on: and on our social networks: Fb: Twitter:

January 20-26, 2020 – 88th RALLYE AUTOMOBILE MONTE-CARLO – Tougher than winter! The route of this 88th edition of the Monte-Carlo Automobile Rally, the inaugural round of the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), was wished to be even more compact but above all and always more selective by the Organizing Committee of the Automobile Club of Monaco. the official start of the 88th Rally Automobile Monte-Carlo will be given the next day, Thursday January 23 from 5 p.m. from Quai Albert 1er in Monaco. On the program for this first night-only stage, two timed stages well known to those nostalgic for the event, totaling 42.96 kilometers. The award ceremony will take place, as in 2019, on the Quai Albert 1er from 3:00 p.m. NB: Mileage and times given for information only until the official publication. 

January 29 – February 5, 2020 – 23rd RALLYE MONTE-CARLO HISTORIQUE – Not an easy task! Only three days after the arrival of the 88th Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo, the competitors of the 23rd Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique will have to face an equally selective course. With notably on the program, regularity specials. A 2020 edition that the Organizing Committee of the Automobile Club of Monaco wanted even more attractive! The succession of Michel Badosa and Mogens Reidl, the last winners to date on Renault 8, is now open… As usual, the Historical version is reserved for cars that participated in the Monte-Carlo Motor Rallies between 1911 and 1980. With the aim of give all competitors the possibility of honorably appearing in the classification, there will still be, in 2020, three averages to respect and keep throughout the event. The 23rd edition will kick off on Wednesday 29 January. According to tradition, the Gala and Prize Giving Evening will take place on Wednesday, February 5 in the evening, in the Salle des Etoiles of the Monte-Carlo Sporting Club. (Formal attire or dark dress required). NB: Mileage and times given for information only until official publication.

February 2, 2020 at 6 p.m .: MONTECARLO PHILARMONIC ORCHESTRA – RAINIER III AUDITORIUM – GREAT SEASON SERIES: ETERNAL LIFE – LA VIE ETERNELLE – VERDI MASS OF REQUIEM – Gianluigi Gelmetti, Direction; Soprano Silvia Dalla Benetta, Mezzo-Soprano Nina Surguladze, Tenor Carlo Ventre – Bass Riccardo Zanellato, Choir of the Opera of Parma – Beyond the theatrical appearance, Verdi translates in his Requiem a very personal expression of Faith. The sound staging immerses the listener in a confrontation between life and death, which, little by little, escapes darkness to gain eternal light. As a prelude to the concert “presentation of works” at 5 p.m. by André Peyrègne – Information: Tel +377 93 10 85 00 – Places at the youth rate (-25 years old) are available on presentation of proof at the Atrium counter Casino. – For any group reservation request (+10 people) or works council, please contact us by email at

February 9 at 3 p.m. – RAINIER III AUDITORIUM – LAUREL AND HARDY IN MADNESS!  Improvised music on piano by Paul Lay – Projection of silent films – Films restored by Lobster Films – Eye for Eye (Big Business by James W. Horne, United States, 1929 – 19 minutes) Laurel and Hardy sell door Christmas trees to door in the middle of August. They argue with an unenthusiastic customer and gradually demolish his house while the latter, furious, destroys their car piece by piece. Your horn is yours (You’re Darn Tootin ’by Edgar Kennedy, United States, 1928 – 20 minutes) Laurel and Hardy, musicians in an orchestra, rehearsing in a bandstand. The wind carries their scores and, wanting to catch them, they sow confusion throughout the orchestra. Concert with the generous support of the Friends of the Orchestra

February 11 at 6:30 p.m. – RAINIER III AUDITORIUM – HAPPY HOUR MUSICAL TROPARIUM – TAKE FOUR – Raluca Hood-Marinescu & Mitchell Huang, violins – Raphaël Chazal, viola – Alexandre Fougeroux, cello – Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet No. 10 in E flat major “Les Harpes”, opus 74 -Leoš Janáček Quartet n ° 1 inspired by “La Sonate à Kreutzer” by Léon Tolstoï – This chamber music concert is an opportunity to meet the musicians of the orchestra in a more intimate setting, then to share a moment with them over a drink.

February 14, 2020 – SAINT VALENTINE’S DAY – RESTAURANTS SBM – MONTECARLO – Whether Valentine’s Day is romantic, passionate, intimate or festive, Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer offers a dreamful choice. Festive atmosphere, cozy alcove or luxury table: imagine the dinner of your dreams … The great restaurants of Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer do not lack imagination when it comes to making you happy. Discover their gourmet and refined menus and awaken your loving taste buds. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the sea and the gardens of the Blue Bay while savoring the innovative and starred cuisine of chef Marcel Ravin. Choose the romantic setting of the Salle Belle Époque at the Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo with its Valentine menu, the promise of an unforgettable candlelit dinner. Discover the new ÔMER restaurant at the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo with its menu specially concocted by Chef Patrick Laine. No doubt it will enhance your dinner! Exceptional menus also await lovers at the Casino de Monte-Carlo, Café de Paris Monte-Carlo …

March 1st at 3 p.m. – GARNIER ROOM – RECITAL – FROM GOETHE TO BAUDELAIRE – Marie-Nicole Lemieux, contralto (Artist in residence) Daniel Blumenthal, piano – Robert Schumann Kennst du das Land – Robert Schumann – Wie mit innigstem Behagen – Franz Schubert Ganymede – Franz Schubert Gretchen am spinnrade Ludwig Van Beethoven Wonne der Wehmut – Ludwig van Beethoven Die Trommel gerühret – Fanny Hensel-Mendelssohn Harfners Lied – Fanny Hensel-Mendelssohn Über allen Gipfeln ist Ruh – Hugo Wolf Blumengruss – Hugo Wolf Frühling autumn – Déodat De Séverac The Owls – Gabriel Fauré – Hymn – Gustave Charpentier The death of lovers – Claude Debussy – The Jet d’eau – Claude Debussy Recollection – Henri Duparc The invitation to travel – Henri Duparc – Previous life – Information: Places at Youth rates (-25 years old) are available upon presentation of proof at the Atrium du Casino counter. For any group reservation request (+10 people) or works council, please contact us by email at


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