Daniel Barenboim to perform at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo

Daniel Barenboim

One of the leading pianists and conductors of our age, Daniel Barenboim is returning to the Principality this March to play at the iconic Opéra de Monte-Carlo, some 50 years since his first appearance here in the 1970s.  

Barenboim has a story to tell about his friendship with the new director of the Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Cecilia Bartoli. 

“I have known Cecilia for many, many years and admired her from the beginning,” says the 80-year-old pianist and conductor, who has worked all over the world. “It is common knowledge that my wife pulled me out of the bath to go and watch this fascinating young Italian mezzo-soprano who was replacing someone in a Maria Callas Gala on French television. I particularly love her marvellous voice, her spontaneity and her sense of humour.” 

He will no doubt be looking forward to reuniting with Bartoli on 10th March for his one-off performance in Monaco, where he is set to perform Beethoven’s last three piano sonatas.  

Tickets have already sold out for his night at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo, but keen fans can discover more about this globally recognised – and appreciated – artist here.  


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Formula E: MSG’s struggles continue in Cape Town

Maserati Monaco Sports Group (MSG) Racing’s struggles continued in Cape Town on Saturday, with both drivers forced to retire from the race, despite improvements in performance.

MSG’s improvements in performance have been incremental but discernable in recent races. Having had the pace to challenge for the title last season, the Monaco team found themselves relegated to the lower mid-table at the start of this Gen3 era.

However, it seemed that MSG were ready to challenge in Cape Town, South Africa on Saturday. Edoardo Mortara had pace but put his car in the wall towards the end of qualifying, leaving the team in a race against time to reconstruct his car before the race.

Maximilian Günther fared much better, and worked his way into the pole position shoot-out. Ultimately, the German driver started second on the grid, whilst Mortara would start from the pits.

High hopes, but ultimately disappointment

Mortara would start the match, but he wouldn’t get far, the Swiss driver’s machinery broke down on him early on, leaving Günther as the only MSG driver left in the race.

Günther was involved in an exciting battle with Sacha Fenestraz, and at one point led the race. However, he ceded his position on lap 14. The German was still in line for a podium, but he then clipped the wall on lap 21, sustaining suspension damage, and being forced to retire. Neither MSG car, therefore, finished the race.

“Season 9 hasn’t been the easiest of starts, but after showing great pace in practice and making it into the final duel in qualifying here in Cape Town, we had some high hopes for the race. It’s disappointing not to see those hopes realised,” said MSG team principal James Rossiter post-race.

The grid next heads to São Paulo on 24th March where MSG will be hoping that their lofty aspirations are converted into points.


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