The Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra (formerly known as the Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra) is the oldest permanently established orchestra in the French-speaking world, with a rich history of important premieres and a reputation for continuing high quality under a succession of great conductors. The history of music in Monte Carlo was primarily a function of who exercised power in Monaco, and the taste of the local ruler. In 1641, Prince Honoré II passed from Spanish to French protection and as a result of his visits to Versailles brought in French dancing-masters and musicians. Les entretiens de Diane et d'Apollon (1654), a court ballet, is the first known Monagasque classical work. Prince Antoine I (reigned 1701-1731), a pupil of Lully, particularly encouraged music. Monte Carlo itself was founded in 1858 and quickly became a resort ...
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