The biggest springtime festival dedicated to classical music in Monaco recently unveiled its 2023 program at the Princess Grace Theatre in the presence of Princess Caroline. Thirty-six concerts, conferences, masterclasses, lectures and more will take over Monaco from 8 March until 2 April. The upcoming festival, directed by Bruno Mantovani, has North American music as its major theme and promises to feature performances that are inventive, inspiring and powerful.
“Exemplary in its longevity and modernity, the Printemps des Arts faithfully perpetuates the spirit of openness dear to Prince Albert I and Prince Pierre in their time. Openness to creation: this year again, new works will enrich our listening and question our apprehension of the world,” said the Princess of Hanover.
Michel Dalberto’s piano concerts
Opening and closing the Printemps des Arts, Michel Dalberto and the Quatuor Diotima will be in the spotlight at the Festival. Firstoff, Michel Dalberto will demonstrate his piano art in three different ways: in a solo recital, in concert works with an orchestra and in a duet with baritone Edwin Crossley-Mercer in a subtle program combining melodies and lieder. As for the Diotima Quartet, it will cover a century of chamber music from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day, from Béla Bartók’s First Quartet to the creation of Philippe Schoeller, passing through György Ligeti and Steve Reich.
Four world premieres!
Fans of today’s music will be excited to learn that four world premieres will be taking place at the Festival. François Meïmoun questions the myth of Antigone in a great work where the voice of Laurent Stocker responds to the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Philippe Schoeller creates a new string quartet between fury and mystery (Extasis), the harpsichord cycle of Désordres by Christophe Maudot will be performed for the first time in public, and Fabrice Jünger has concocted a polymorphic score for the young generation that will make audiences rediscover the world around them (Remember).
“Openness to other forms of artistic expression: from cinema to literature, from jazz to painting, this Spring is that of the plurality of the Arts. Crossroads where musicians, actors, poets, composers of our time meet, the Festival reminds us that art in general and music in particular are nourished by these encounters and cannot be accomplished without curiosity, without a thirst for discovery, without a desire for adventure,” said the Princess of Hanover.
Here are some of the festival’s most anticipated events:
Julien Bourgeois, Bruno Mantovani, Michel Dalberto
Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Kazuki Yamada
Wednesday 8 March at 8:00 p.m.
Rainier III auditorium
Thursday 9 March at 8:00 p.m.
Surrealist cinema of Europe and America Énéide Quartet
Friday 10 March at 8:00 p.m.
Théâtre des Variétés
Edwin Crossley-Mercer, Michel Dalberto
Saturday 11 March at 8:00 p.m.
One Monte Carlo
Accentus, Insula orchestra, Laurence Equilbey, Frank Markowitsch
Sunday 12 March at 3:00 p.m.
Rainier III auditorium
Thursday 16 March at 8:00 p.m.
St. Charles Church
For tickets, info and the full schedule of the Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo, visit www.printempsdesarts.mc