3 questions for Jean-Louis Grinda, Director of the Opéra de Monte-Carlo
The program has met with huge success, have your objectives for the last three years been achieved?
My goals were numerous: firstly to play on the advantage that we have different opera performances with more works - that goal was reached. Secondly to fill the halls with additional performances – evidence of that success is that all records of revenue and attendance have been exceeded, including the overall total revenue from ticket sales, which has become an important part in balancing the budget.
The other goal, which we succeeded at meeting, was to revisit the great opera repertoire. My main objective was to demonstrate that this theatre can also perform full-length operas. The exceptional qualities of the room are obvious: the acoustics, the magnificence setting and the proximity of the audience to the stage. Now, following on from these successes, I have set other objectives.
From next season we are embarking on a new creative policy. My hope is to create an opera studio that can be woven into Monaco’s cultural fabric and to position the Opera de Monte Carlo firmly on the cultural agendas of young, international, artistic people. I am grateful to Rolex and Friends of the Opera who invest generously and allow us to present new productions. I’m delighted with the synergy between the Opera, the Philharmonic Orchestra and the Ballet. HSH Prince Albert II and HSH Princess Caroline realise the important place culture holds in the Principality and its importance for the future.
What is the main vein for this season, the theme of which is «Enlightenment» and how does the choice of Turandot for the National Day celebrations play a part?
I called this season ‘Enlightenment’ because it could be considered the century of Enlightenment: ‘The Marriage of Figaro by Beaumarchais, the revelation we get from music by Puccini and, above all, the cognisance from the Mediterraneum, which engulfs our theatre. The innovation of electric light was the greatest revolution that opera experienced in the early 20th century. Today, this gift is placed in the hands of great artists and gives meaning and strength to new performances of works in the repertoire.
How do you see the future of the Monte-Carlo Opera?
I view the future positively but cautiously, the onus is on me to be ambitious with our plans. However, we are dependent, like all cultural players, on funds given to us and we must demonstrate our capacity to best use them. That’s doesn’t mean that we should fill the seats at any price. But we should ensure that the Principality is proud of the work we do and of the image that the opera imparts to the image that Monaco holds overall. I am not worried about attendance figures, and I am not concerned about our ability to attract great singers: they know our work and love our theatre. I do remain mindful of the economic turmoil that the world is currently experiencing, which could have an effect on our plans. However, I firmly believe that one cannot achieve great things with small goals. Our job is to know how far one can go too far.
| -Sunday 28th September 2008, Monaco’s Heritage Day honouring science |
-The Grimaldi Forum Monaco unveils its programme for the first half of 2009
-The Mediterranean in the spotlight, Quai Antoine I exhibition hall
-Stars from the 60s on display in the Grande Verrière at the Grimaldi Forum
-Three questions for Claire Breuvart-Kreidel, President of the International Cinema and Literature Forum
-Secondary school students are learning the “pitch” technique with the writer Philippe Besson and scriptwriter François Dupeyron.
-Monaco celebrates Akira Kurosawa’s centenary anniversary
-Festival of sacred music at Monaco Cathedral
-A Monegasque artist at the Venice Biennale
-Street art, circus art: Fort Antoine is back in town
-The Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra's season
-3 questions to Catherine Alestchenkoff, Grimaldi Forum Director of cultural events
-Three questions to Yakov Kreizberg, Artistic and Musical Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Monte Carlo
-Necklaces in the trees
-An astounding exhibition at Villa Sauber
-The “Splendours of the Romanovs” - a success with visitors
-A stage curtain painted by Picasso on display in the Salle des Arts at the Sporting d’Hiver
-The Bible, humanity heritage
-A rich and varied programme at the Grimaldi Forum Monaco for the second half 2009
-3 questions for Jean-Charles CURAU Director of Cultural Matters
-Su-Mei Tse - International Contemporary Art Price of the Prince Pierre of Monaco Foundation,
-The "Mardis du Cinéma” pay tribute to the beauty of the world
-3 questions for Jean-Louis Grinda, Director of the Opéra de Monte-Carlo
-Three questions to Jean-Christophe Maillot, choreografic director of the Ballets de Monte-Carlo
-Monaco Dance Forum – let the party begin!
-Three questions for Marc Monnet, Artistic Director of the Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo
-The Eccentric 308 GTS of Bertrand Lavier exposed in Villa sauber
-Three questions for Catherine Alestchenkoff, Cultural Events Director at the Grimaldi Forum Monaco
-Three questions for Olivier Vernet, Artistic Director of the International Organ Festival organised by the Cultural Affairs Department
-Villa Paloma has just opened its doors
-Cornucopia - Evening at Museum
-Three questions for Marie-Claude Beaud, Director of the New National Museum of Monaco
-Three questions for Jean-Louis Grinda, Director of the Monte Carlo Opera
-3 questions for Marie-Claude Beaud, Director of the New Monaco National Museum
-Oceanomania - Exhibition at Villa Paloma and Oceanographic Museum
-Three questions to Jean-Christophe Maillot Director of the Ballets de Monte-Carlo
-The Principality of Monaco’s Office of Cultural Affairs has just announced the programme for the summer season