Armide at the Royal Opera House of Versailles
4 avenue de Paris, 78000 Versailles
Capacity 750 seats
For all audiences
In French surtitled in French and in English
Highlights: Armide at the Royal Opera House of Versailles
If you like the sound of a musical tragedy in one prologue and five acts, with a libretto by Philippe Quinault based on Jerusalem Delivered by Torquato Tasso (the great Italian poet), then have we got the show for you! This is Armide. How about the perfect machine of an opera, said to have seduced the court of Louis XIV? On top of all that, the fact that this marvelous, magnificent baroque opera is being performed in the Royal Opera House of Versailles is sure to convince you to come and listen in this magnificent setting. Its gilding will compete with the vocalizations of the great French mezzo-soprano, Stéphanie d'Oustrac, who excels in the art of French-style lyrical declamation. A beautiful evening as only the Royal Opera of Versailles can offer!
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Story: Armide at the Royal Opera House of Versailles
Discover, Armide, the beautiful masterpiece of Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687), composed a few months before his death with the talented librettist Philippe Quinault, who put French opera on the map. This is a story where love and magic are one and the same, and which tells us the drama of a Christian knight who falls in love with a Muslim magician. Their story culminates in the great pathetic emotions being brought to their highest point of incandescence. If you had to see only one baroque opera in your life, this would be it, so much so that everything comes together to make it a landmark work in the history of opera.
Premium Option & Experience
Looking for more than a standard ticket to the show? To make your experience an unforgettable one, you will be able to choose this exclusive offer at the time of booking:
Champagne + Programme + Show
This offer includes a glass of champagne and a printed programme, as well as exclusive access to the best two seating categories.
Royal Opera of Versailles
The Royal Opera of Versailles
Categorized as one of the largest performance halls in Europe during its inauguration in 1770 requested by Louis XV, it is presently still admired as one of the grand luxurious stages in Paris due to its lavishing décor composed of early-century design. The ceiling above the room comprises an exquisite form of art, something similar to what you would see in the Sistine Chapel in Rome.
Opéra Royal was no ordinary room, it was prestigious among wealthy individuals who fancied theater. Hosting 1,500 people, only a specific number of guests were invited to view the best shows in Paris at the esteemed Versailles palace. Later the room was also used as a ballroom and a banquet hall.
After the revolution the Opéra Royal room was left whole but stripped of its 18th-century embellishment. Altering its original appearance, the room is renovated for official shows such as the opening of the Versailles museum in 1837. Renovated and inaugurated once again in 1957 after the Second World War by orders of architect André Japy, the room undertook a whole new look. In 2009 Opéra Royal opened its doors to spectators from all over the world and began to display an array of enlightened shows such as contemporary dance, ballet recitals, opera, and classical music concerts. Presently it offers more than 100 performances per season in its golden room occupied with ostentatious chandeliers, surrounded by red velvet seating.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Air conditioning: No
How do I get to the Royal Opera of Versailles?
The Royal Opera of Versailles is accessible by: Metro lines: You can take the RER C to Versailles Château Rive Gauche, lines N and U of the Transilien to Versailles Chantiers, and line L to Versailles Rive Droite. Bus lines: You can take bus line 171 The Royal Opera is located on the grounds of the Castle. Access is via Door B (on the right in the Cour d'honneur, near the Royal Chapel).Our customer service can be reached in case of difficulty from 10 am to 7 pm, Monday to Friday. For more information, please consult the map above.
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Is the opera, Armide, for travelers or French people?
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I bought premium tickets for Armide and I haven’t received them yet. Is this normal?
Yes, it’s completely normal! Your order will first be created as a pre-booking so that the Royal Opera of Versailles can assign your seat. You may see a pre-payment on your card, but rest assured that we will not charge your card until your reservation has been validated by the Royal Opera of Versailles. Once the reservation is validated, you will receive your ticket by e-mail. Due to the large number of requests that the Royal Opera of Versailles has to manage, this process usually takes two days, but can take up to six days maximum. After six days if your order has not been validated, it will be canceled, the pre-charge will disappear, and you will not be charged.