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  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  letter 250).