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Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo (Symphony Orchestra)

Founded: 1856 - Monte-Carlo, Monaco
Renamed: as L'Orchestre National de l'Opéra de Monte-Carlo - 1953
Renamed: as Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo - 1980

The Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo (Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra; Orchestre National de Monte-Carlo; Orchestre National de l'Opéra de Monte-Carlo; = OPMC) ) is the main orchestra in the principality of Monaco. The orchestra gives concerts primarily in the Auditorium Rainier III, but also performs at the Salle des Princes Grimaldi Forum.

The OPMC was founded in 1856 and gave its first concert on December 14, 1856, with an ensemble of 15 musicians, at the "Maison de jeux" (the future casino). By 1874, the orchestra had increased in size to 70 musicians. In 1953, Prince Rainier III had ordered the renaming of the ensemble to L'Orchestre National de l'Opéra de Monte-Carlo. It acquired its current name in 1980, again through Rainier

The OPMC's most recent principal conductor was Yakov Kreizberg, who was named to the post in October 2007, effective with the 2009-2010 season, for an initial contract of 5 years. He held the post until his death in March 2011.

Principal Conductors

Paul Paray (1928-1933)
Henri Tomasi (1946-1947)
Louis Frémaux (1956-1965)
Igor Markevitch (1967-1972)
Lovro von Matačić (1972-1979)
Lawrence Foster (1980-1990)
Gianluigi Gelmetti (1990-1992)
James DePreist (1994-1998)
Marek Janowski (2000-2006)
Yakov Kreizberg (2009-2011)

Source: Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo Website; Wikipedia Website (June 2011)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (June 2012)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works

Conductor

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Works

Lawrence Foster

Orchestra

BWV 50

Links to other Sites

OPMC - Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo (Official Website) [French/English]

Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra (Wikipedia)

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