The Opéra de Monte-Carlo is known locally as the Salle Garnier, which may sound familiar if you’ve visited Paris. The opera house in the City of Light is called the Palais Garnier, and both houses are named after their architect, Charles Garnier. Like its cousin in Paris, Monaco's Salle Garnier is a stunner both inside and out.
Situated on the sea next to the world-famous casino of the same name, the Opéra de Monte-Carlo was conceived as a means of additional entertainment for locals and visitors coming to see and be seen at the glamorous gambling hall. Since its opening in 1879, the opera house has premiered many works; today it hosts about six performance series per season, split between operas, ballets and thematic pieces by the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra.
Visitors can tour the Opéra during the day if there are no rehearsals or performances taking place. Those wishing to see a performance can check in at the box office for available seats; students under the age of 25 can receive steeply discounted seats on performance days.