Charpentier’s Baroque Christmas
1 Place Léon Gambetta, 78000 Versailles
Capacity 800 seats
2h 10 min
For all audiences
Highlights: Charpentier’s Baroque Christmas
When Les Arts Florissants, under the baton of the brilliant William Christie, take on Marc-Antoine Charpentier's religious works for Christmas, one necessarily expects their performance to be one of great finesse, and their production to be particularly meticulous. If, in addition, they are joined by the velvet voices of the French soprano Emmanuelle de Negri, a great interpreter of the Baroque repertoire, along with the countertenor Nicholas Scott and the bass Lisandro Abadie, we can expect a truly outstanding evening. The sumptuous setting of the Royal Chapel of Versailles is the cherry on top for this Christmas season!
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Story: Charpentier’s Baroque Christmas
You won’t be able to stop yourself from uttering a wondrous “oh!” in response to Charpentier’s ”O Antiphons” of Advent, a stunning spiritual address to believers which becomes more impassioned with every “Oh!” refrain that is sung to God in preparation for Christmas. This music, and plenty of other pieces besides, are part of the Baroque Christmas program offered by Les Arts Florissants and its musical director William Christie at the Royal Chapel of Versailles. The “Noël pour les instruments H.531 et H.534” will constitute the orchestral section of the programme, and the beautiful motet “In nativitatem Domini canticum” will close this cycle of works by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, who gave his genius to baroque music, to the benefit of us all!
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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 Chapel of Versailles
The Royal Chapel of Versailles
If buildings could talk, what would they say? Certainly, the Royal Chapel of Versailles could tell a tale or two! After all, it was the venue for the marriage between the last king and queen of France: Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. The chapel’s construction was completed in 1710 during the reign of Louis XVI’s great-great-great-grandfather, Louis XIV, also known as the Sun King. It was the fifth and final chapel to be built at the Palace of Versailles, and it was consecrated to Saint Louis, the patron saint of the king, as well as one of the king’s ancestors.
The architecture itself references this lineage, through several similarities with the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, which Saint Louis had founded, as well as in the emblazoned double-L motif on the altar symbolizing the saint, and the Sun King together. The vaulted ceiling of the Royal Chapel of Versailles was constructed by Hardouin-Mansart, without the use of transvers ribs, in order to create a vast, uninterrupted depiction of the Holy Trinity, above the heads of the congregation. For decades, this painting would look down on the French Royal Family as they took their daily mass, an event which became renowned across Europe for its use of music, played on a huge organ designed by Cliquot.
The Royal Chapel of Versailles also incorporates classical-inspired designs in its impressive colonnades, which we have come to associate with the Neoclassical boom of the 18th century, however, the chapel’s construction was completed long before the movement really came to prominence, showing that its architects were truly ahead of their time. Since the chapel’s deconsecration in the 19th century, it has become a go-to venue for classical concerts, and so it should be, having been the epicenter of European music in centuries gone by. What better place to experience the history of music!
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Handicap Accessible: Yes
Air conditioning: No