Ravel and Monaco

The first performance of Ravel's opera L'Enfant et les sortilèges took place at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo on 21 March 1925. He had been working fitfully on the opera for several years but only met the deadline for his commission with a great rush of work at the end. During the week before the première, Ravel was in Monte-Carlo supervising the rehearsals and making late corrections to the score ("une faute à chaque note"), but also delighted by the quality of the orchestra and its conductor Victor de Sabata ("un chef comme je n'en avais pas encore rencontré" (Orenstein [1989] letter 249). The performances were a huge success.

While in Monte-Carlo, Ravel stayed at the Hôtel de Paris, where he urged his librettist Colette to join him as soon as possible, with a laconic recommendation, "la nourriture est indigeste et soignée" (Orenstein [1989] letter 250).