Les Musiciens du Prince – Monaco

The Baroque ensemble Les Musiciens du Prince – Monaco was founded in the spring of 2016 on the initiative of Cecilia Bartoli at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo and is supported by Prince Albert II and his sister Caroline Princess of Hanover. It brings together leading international musicians who are intimately familiar with the tradition of European court music from the 17th to the 19th centuries. Their repertoire ranges from music by such Baroque composers as Antonio Vivaldi and George Frideric Handel to the operas of Gioachino Rossini; another focus of the ensemble is on rarities and rediscovered works. Les Musiciens du Prince made their first European tour with Cecilia Bartoli in the year in which they were founded. They performed at the Salzburg Whitsun and Summer Festivals in 2017, presenting Handel’s Ariodante and Rossini’s La donna del lago; in 2018 they again appeared in Salzburg with a concert featuring the Mexican tenor Javier Camarena, which was also recorded for CD release. They plan to tour with a Vivaldi program in the late fall of 2018 to Martigny, Luxembourg, Brussels, Amsterdam, Paris, Cologne, Dortmund, Hamburg, and Bremen. For this Lucerne performance of Rossini’s La cenerentola, the Musiciens du Prince are accompanied by the men of the Chœur de l’Opéra de Monte-Carlo. The choir, which has been conducted by Stefano Visconti since 2007, not only participates in opera productions on the Monégasque stage but also performs the choral symphonic repertoire and works of sacred music. For example, the singers recently participated in concerts featuring Liszt’s A Faust Symphony, Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé, Schoenberg’s A Survivor from Warsaw, and Haydn’s Missa in tempore belli.

July 2018