Seven years ago, opera singer Delia Grace Noble had the idea of bringing to Monaco the magic of Venice, with its canals, gondolas, Rialto Bridge and famous carnival. And so the Grand Masked Ball at the Salle des Etoiles was born, with a dress code: 18th century Venice—dresses with petticoats, period costumes for gentlemen and decorative eye masks for everyone.
Today the Grand Masked Ball is a gathering of high society in the Principality that attracts international personalities from the worlds of culture, politics, business and film, as well as members of royal families, ambassadors and high officials.Held on October 23 at the Hôtel de Paris in Place du Casino, this exclusive address has been welcoming personalities and celebrities for over 150 years. It was here in 1956 that Princess Grace hosted her wedding dinner with Prince Rainier and, 20 years later, the couple celebrated their wedding anniversary in the intimacy of the hotel’s wine cellar. In 1974, it was the setting for the 25th anniversary of the reign of Prince Rainier.
Inside the hotel, the Salle Empire will be transformed into a fairy tale palace for the ball and a gala dinner will be prepared by a Michelin star chef. The stage will feature 40 artists, acrobats, musicians, dancers or singers to take audiences on an awe-inspiring and emotional journey. Each tableau of the show is an invitation to rediscover symbols and places from the Renaissance to 20th century. A crescendo of visual effects, sublime music, fascinating dances and artistic performances worthy of the most famous musical comedies brings to a place where time no longer exists.
Monegasque at heart, soprano Delia Grace Noble, who proudly received the UNICEF Ambassador title, is passionately driven by the beautiful mission of bringing even more significance and recognition to Monaco. Her event company Noble Monte-Carlo is amongst the best-known entertainment companies with a remarkable reputation across the Principality and the French Riviera. The elaborate organization and implementation of The Grand Masked Ball would not be possible without the contributions of its partners, who “hold priceless importance to this event, and help ensure that all tireless efforts bear fruit.”
Noble says, “Success could not be achieved without the endless support of loyal partners or dedicated individuals. We are beyond grateful for the remarkable support of our partners, and particularly thankful for their essential commitment to the event. We could not have done it without them.”