The Salle des Etoiles transformed into a Venetian Palace
Members of the media gathered in the American Bar of the Hotel de Paris at the invitation of Delia Grace Noble for a very special Press Conference with artists dressed in 18th century costumes, a ballet performance and opera arias! The renowned opera singer, unveiled the plans to host the second edition of The Grand Masked Ball – Venice in Monte-Carlo.
This splendid ball will open the international Carnival season on Saturday, February 17, 2018, in the Salle des Etoiles of the Sporting Monte-Carlo, under the high patronage of HSH Prince Albert II, the patronage of the Italian Embassy in Monaco, and the support of the Town Hall and the Tourist Office of Monaco.
Delia Grace Noble was accompanied by principal partner Kenneth J. McLachlan of Distinction Fine Armagnac, Stefano Nicolao from the legendary Atelier Nicolao in Venice, Mihaela Schwartzenberg (Radulescu) a Romanian socialite, TV presenter, model and businesswoman, Maurizio Di Maggio from Radio Monte-Carlo also partner of the event, and famous Baritone Jean-Philippe Lafont who also delighted the participants with an impromptu opera performance. Italian TV presenter, model and actress Adriana Volpe gave a brief representation as representative of the perfume Precious Me, also partner of the Ball. Veronique Alexandre owner of the Boutique YOUR’S Monaco also expressed her satisfaction for being a partner of this event. Georges Marsan, Mayor of Monaco, and H.E. Cristiano Gallo, Ambassador of Italy in Monaco, both addressed the media expressing their firm support for this high quality event organized in the Principality.
Created by opera singer Delia Grace Noble, who is also responsible for the artistic direction, The Grand Masked Ball counts with the main sponsorship since its inception of “Distinction Fine Armagnac”, represented by Scottish Kenneth J. McLachlan. Other partners are: Orlov Monte-Carlo, Your’s Monaco, Precious Me, Radio Monte-Carlo, Monaco Art Gallery Show, Groupe Segond, World Class Fitness Club, Bisanzio Gallery, Bizanzio Gallery, Rodotex, Inerpride, Borgo La Caccia, and a growing number of supporters.
Masquerade balls through the centuries
As early as the 15th century masquerade balls were a feature of the Carnival season, involving elaborate allegorical Royal Entries, pageants, and triumphal processions celebrating weddings and other ancestry events, part of the late medieval court life.
In the 16th century renaissance the masked balls became part of the public festivities in Italy, consisting of elaborate dances mainly for members of the upper classes, particularly popular in Venice. The use and tradition of masks suffered a decline with the fall of the Venetian Republic. But the masked balls began to gain popularity in mainland Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries, often with fatal results, like the assassination of Gustav III of Sweden at a masquerade ball that was immortalized in Giuseppe Verdi’s opera A Masked Ball.
Masquerade dances became popular in Colonial America, but some considered them to encourage immorality and foreign influence, as hiding one’s identity behind the masks, people could express their freedom of speech, and voice their emotions without judgment. And so masquerade balls continued but in a semi-private way.
The theme of the ball is love
Delia Grace Noble, was very enthusiastic and highly emotional when discussing the components of The Grand Masked Ball, which theme is Love. Delia is putting all her passion in re-introducing the masquerade balls in the Principality with a series of events representing the spirit and tradition of the legendary Carnival in Venice. The first edition was quite successful and the second promises to surpass all expectations. The Salle des Etoiles, the legendary venue on the Côte d’Azur, will be transformed again into a Venetian Palace becoming the perfect setting for an exclusive magical evening.
On arrival, pageants in period costumes will flank the entrance sounding their trumpets and drums making everybody feel like royalty. Upon accessing the Salle des Etoiles everybody will be able to admire the beautiful decorations on the stage, taking you back to another ear, taking in the ambiance where guests were dressed in richly decorated and flamboyant period costumes from the famous Nicolao Atelier in Venice, and wearing wonderful masks adorned with gems, ribbons and feathers, hiding their true identity, feeling mysterious and part of a guessing game where no one would reveal who they are until well after midnight! You felt actually transported back in time to mysterious Venice in the middle of the Carnival Celebrations, where masked revelers enjoy music and dancing until the wee hours of the morning!
Guests will be able to rent wonderful period costumes from the Nicolao Atelier tailor’s shop dating from 1980, a label of excellence whose creations have been exported all over the world, exhibited in Opera houses, Theaters, Ballet, movies and TV. The atelier represents the true Made-in-Italy employing expert artisans, using precious fabrics with authentic cuts and styles adding a touch of class to the magnificent suits and dresses.
To give you an idea of the splendor and glamour of the ball, you will find below a few photos of the first edition of The Grand Masked Ball – Venice in Monte-Carlo, February 2017:
Proceeds will benefit Princesse Charlene Home for Children
As it is customary with this kind of social gatherings in the Principality, there will be a raffle of attractive items offered by generous donors, where the profits raised will benefit the Foyer de l’Enfance Princess Charlene (Princess Charlene Home for Children) whose mission is the protection of minors in difficulties.
The evening will culminate at midnight, when the Doge of Venice and his cohort will make an allegoric Royal Entry, and the Ball founder Delia Grace Noble will delight the guests singing Opera tunes dressed in a magnificent costume and wearing a beautiful mask, with Casanova inviting guests to join them at the dance floor. Just sublime and truly memorable!
This splendid Ball has definitely become part of the Principality’s social calendar, a spectacular event worth attending! Book your places now: www.venetianball.mc
“Masks reveal. They don’t conceal. Masks reveal your cravings, your passion, your deepest most secret desires.” Chloe Thurlow