Amis de l’opera Monte-Carlo


Dear Friends of the Monte-Carlo Opera,

I would like to inform you that I have resigned as President of your Association, at a Board meeting held on Saturday 21 January 2023, in Monaco.

I did so with great regret, after more than 20 years of service to the Friends of the Monte-Carlo Opera, first as President of the “Cercle de la Flûte Enchantée”; then as Treasurer; and finally as President of your Association, succeeding the late Dieter Spaethe.

The Council has accepted my resignation and has done me the great honour of granting me the title of Honorary President, in recognition of my dedication to your Association. I thank them again.

The Board has chosen my successor from among its members and has appointed Mr Patrick Rannou-Cassegrain as the new President of the Association of Friends of the Monte-Carlo Opera. I am delighted with this choice because Mr Rannou-Cassegrain will bring to the Association, in addition to his perfect knowledge of the operatic repertoire, the enthusiasm of his youth. Moreover, this new presidency will coincide perfectly with the new era that is opening up at the Monte-Carlo Opera, under the prestigious direction of Cecilia Bartoli.

Before I leave you, I would like to thank you all for the countless expressions of friendship I have received over the years. And to tell you that you will see me often, I hope, during the beautiful opera seasons to come.

Yours very truly,