prince of monte carlo


Olga Smirnova, Semyon Chudin and Uriagereka Asier – © Alice Blangero

Olga Smirnova Ольга Смирнова and Semyon Chudin Семен Чудин, “La Belle” (rehearsal) choreography by Jean-Christophe Maillot, music by Pyotr Ilitch Tchaïkovski, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo

Note: Rehearsals for 2016 Christmas Season (December 28, 2016 to January 3, 2017), Salle des Princes, Grimaldi Forum, Monte Carlo, The Principality of Monaco
Prince Talks: The Silence is Broken

Question: What do you think about the comparisons between you and Jimi Hendrix?

Prince: It’s only because he’s black. That’s really the only thing we have in common. He plays different guitar than I do. If they really listened to my stuff, they’d hear more of a Santana influence than Jimi Hendrix. Hendrix played more blues; Santana played prettier. You can’t compare people, you really can’t, unless someone is blatantly trying to rip somebody off. And you can’t really tell that unless you play the songs.

You’ve got to understand that there’s only so much you can do on an electric guitar. I don’t know what these people are thinking – they’re usually non-guitar-playing mamma-jammas saying this kind of stuff. There are only so many sounds a guitar can make. Lord knows I’ve tried to make a guitar sound like something new to myself. [Read More]


Scans from Paris Match

After a dinner engagement at the Monte Carlo casino - strictly private - Grace danced with her future father-in-law, Prince Pierre. Grace and Rainier opened the ball with a tango in front of their 85 guests. Their table was decorated with “Princess Grace” carnations.

One day, while sitting around waiting for the tech crew to finish focusing lights, myself and a few fellow Tower Warders started to plan a Gilbert-and-Sullivan themed game of Clue. Who committed the crime? Was it John Wellington Wells on the Pinafore with the snickersnee? Or perhaps The Fairy Queen in the Portait Gallery with a sausage roll?

Perhaps someday I’ll get around to fully designing the game. But here’s a sketch of what the character cards might look like, featuring that innovative entrepreneur, the Prince of Monte Carlo.