Monaco post issued stamp depicting various aspects of culture and the arts: dance, theatre and science as a part of SEPAC 2015 stamps themed “Culture”.
Monaco is a sovereign city-state and microstate, located on the French Riviera in Western Europe. Monaco has an opera house, a symphony orchestra and a classical ballet company.
The Opéra de Monte-Carlo is an opera house, which is part of the Monte Carlo Casino located in the principality of Monaco.
With the lack of cultural diversions available in Monaco in the 1870s, Prince Charles III, along with the Société des bains de mer, decided to include a concert hall as part of the casino.
The main public entrance to the hall was from the casino, while Charles III’s private entrance was on the western side. It opened in 1879 and became known as the Salle Garnier, after the architect Charles Garnier, who designed it.
The Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra 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 in the Grimaldi Forum.
The orchestra was founded in 1856 and gave its first concert on 14 December 1856, with an ensemble of 15 musicians, at the “Maison de jeux” (the future casino), under the direction of Alexandre Hermann.
Les Ballets de Monte Carlo is a classical ballet company established in 1985 by Her Royal Highness the Princess of Hanover in accordance with the wishes of her mother, Princess Grace of Monaco. It is the official national company of the Principality of Monaco.
Title: SEPAC 2015 – Monaco
Date of Issue: 17 June 2015
Denominations: Eur 1.20
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