Armide at the Royal Opera House of Versailles

Royal Opera of Versailles

Until May 14, 2023

In French surtitled in French & English

Location

Royal Opera of Versailles
4 avenue de Paris, 78000 Versailles
Capacity 750 seats

Duration

3h 15min

With intermission


Details

Opera

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.

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Royal Opera of Versailles

4 avenue de Paris, 78000 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.

 

Fast facts:

Capacity: 750

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Air conditioning: No

Heating: Yes

FAQ

How do I get to the Royal Opera of Versailles?

You may access the Royal Opera of Versailles by RER C at Versailles Château Rive Gauche station, by using lines N and U of the Transilien at Versailles Chantiers station and also by line L at Versailles Rive Droite station. The Opera is also accessible by 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). For more information, please see the map above. In case of any difficulty, you may contact our customer service from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Friday.

What do I do when I get to the Royal Opera of Versailles?

We recommend that you arrive at least 20 minutes before the start of Armide. Show your ticket at reception and the staff will take care of you.

Can I take photos during Armide?

In order not to disturb the artists and for the comfort of other spectators, it is forbidden to take pictures during Armide. However, you can take photos of the Royal Opera of Versailles before and after the performance, as a souvenir of your gorgeous Parisian evening!

How long does Armide last?

The opera, Armide, lasts approximately 3 hours and 15 minutes, with intermission.

Is there a specific dress code at the Royal Opera House of Versailles?

There is no specific dress code at the Royal Opera House of Versailles, however, proper clothing is required. For the gala evenings, we suggest that men wear a suit and ladies wear a dress.

Is the opera, Armide, for travelers or French people?

Both! The Royal Opera House of Versailles has been welcoming audiences from all over the world for years. The opera, Armide, is sung in French, and subtitles in both French and English are provided for audiences to appreciate in one of France’s most iconic venues.

Is tipping customary at the Royal Opera House of Versailles?

Each spectator is greeted in the hall by an usher who will lead them to the seat. According to custom at the Royal Opera House of Versailles, ushers may request a tip which you may grant if you wish. It is by no means mandatory.

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.

Covid-19 Information

Specific measures and obligations may apply to this show. Before making your reservation, please check the updated information on our Covid-19 page: https://www.theatreinparis.com/en/page/covid-19