Concert Series at the Royal Chapel of Versailles

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Royal Chapel of Versailles

Until July 8, 2021

French

Location

Royal Chapel of Versailles
1 Place Léon Gambetta, 78000 Versailles
Capacity 800 seats

Duration

Between 1 hour 15 minutes and 3 hours 30 minutes
With or without intermission


Details

Classical music concert
Recommended for all ages
In French, English, German or Italian


Highlights

Immerse yourself into the beauty of baroque music with this series of concerts staged at the Royal Chapel of the Palace of Versailles. Throughout the season, you have a unique chance to hear the most famous motets, oratorios and requiems by Bach, Charpentier, Handel and Vivaldi under the direction of Hervé Niquet, Valentin Tournet, Stéphane Fuget and many others.

To make your experience an unforgettable one, you will be able to choose from a selection of unique add-ons upon booking, such as a glass of champagne and an exclusive programme. See below for more details.

Story

When Louis XIV was in power, he wanted the music played at the Chapelle Royale to become the most beautiful religious music in Europe. With this sublime series of concerts, the King's wishes will come true!
Handel's Messiah, Bach's Magnificat, Clérembault's greatest motets and Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, are only some of the few works that will enchant the Royal Chapel during this magnificent season. The great organ of the Royal Chapel, on which Mozart and François Couperin played, will resound once again with Vivaldi's sublime repertoire.
These works will be performed by famous soloists, such as Marie Perbost, Samuel Mariño, Mathias Vidal, Pygmalion and Correspondances ensembles.

 

Premium Options & Experiences

Looking for more than a standard ticket to the show? To make your experience an unforgettable one, you will be able to choose one of the following upgraded offers at the time of booking:

 

Dinner Cocktail + Champagne + Programme + Show

This offer includes a cocktail reception before the show, unlimited champagne and a printed programme, as well as exclusive access to the best seating category.

 

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.

 

Concert Program

November 15, 2020 at 3 p.m. (1h40 without intermission)
Grands Motets of Rameau and Mondoville
Mathias Vidal (Haute-contre), Maïlys de Villoutreys (Dessus), David Witczak (Basse-size), Choir and orchestra Marguerite Louise, Gaétan Jarry (Conductor)

 

December 5, 2020 at 7 p.m. (2 hours with intermission)
Requiem by Gabriel Fauré and Mass for Clovis by Charles Gounod
Florie Valiquette (Soprano), Jean-Sébastien Bou (Baritone), Chouchane Siranossian (Violin solo), Hervé Niquet (Conductor)

 

December 13, 2020 at 3 p.m. (2 hours with intermission)
Midnight Mass by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Caroline Weynants, Caroline Bardot, Perrine Devillers, (Dessus), Vojtech Semerad, (Haute-contre), Etienne Bazola, Nicolas Brooymans (Basses), Antonin Rondepierre, (Taille), Ensemble Correspondances, Sébastien Daucé (Direction)

 

December 15, 2020 at 8 p.m. (2h30 with intermission)
Cantatas and Christmas Oratorio by Johann Sebastian Bach
Maïlys de Villoutreys (Soprano), Christopher Ainslie (Viola), Helena Rasker (Viola), Paul Schweinester (Tenor), Richard Resch (Tenor), James Platt (Bass), Patzke Norman (Bass), Les Musiciens du Louvre, Marc Minkowski (Direction)

 

December 19, 2020 at 7 p.m. (2h30 with intermission)
The Messiah by Georg Friedrich Handel
Anna-Lena Elbert (Soprano), Anthea Pichanick (Contralto), Krystian Adam (Tenor), Daniel Ochoa (Baritone) La Chapelle Harmonique (choir and orchestra), Valentin Tournet (Conductor)

 

January 19, 2021 at 8 p.m. (2 hours with intermission)
Vespers for Saint Mark of Venice and Psalms of Antonio Vivaldi
Mariana Flores (Soprano), Gwendoline Blondeel (Soprano), Valerio Contaldo (Tenor), Christopher Lowrey (Countertenor), Alejandro Meerpfel (Baritone), Millénium Orchestra, Leonardo García Alarcón (Conductor)

 

March 8, 2021 at 8 p.m. (1 hour 30 minutes without intermission)
Grands Motets by Jean-Baptistes Lully
Claire Lefilliâtre (Dessus), Caroline Arnaud (Dessus), Marie Perbost (Dessus), Ambroisine Bré (Bottom-top), Serge Goubioud (Haute-contre), Cyril Auvity (Haute-contre), Sébastien Obrecht (Size), Marc Mauillon (Taille), Benoît Arnould (Bass), Luc Bertin-Hugault (Bass), Renaud Bres (Bass), Ensemble Les Epopées, Stéphane Fuget (Musical direction)

 

March 22, 2021 at 8 p.m. (3 hours 30 minutes with intermission)
Passion according to Saint Matthew by Johann Sebastian Bach
Julian Prégardien (Tenor), Stéphane Degout (Baritone), Christian Immler (Baritone), Hana Blazikova (Soprano), Lucile Richardot (Mezzo-soprano), Tim Mead (Counter-tenor), Robin Tritschler (Tenor), Thomas Hobbs (Tenor ), Maîtrise de Radio France, Ensemble Pygmalion, Raphaël Pichon (Direction)

 

March 28, 2021 at 6 p.m. (2 hours 30 minutes with intermission)
Passion according to Saint John by Johann Sebastian Bach
Monteverdi Choir & Orchestra, Sir John Eliot Gardiner (Conductor)

 

April 2, 2021 at 8 p.m. (1h30 without intermission)
Stabat Mater by Jean-Baptiste Pergolèse, In Furore, Concerto in C major for violin organ and cello RV 554a (1st movement) and Stabat Mater by Antonio Vivaldi
Samuel Mariño (Sopranist), Filippo Mineccia (Countertenor), Orchestra of the Royal Opera, Marie Van Rhijn (Organ and conductor)

 

April 3, 2021 at 7 p.m. (1h15 without intermission)
Lessons of Darkness for Holy Wednesday, Motet for Easter Day: Victoria! by François Couperin and Cantique Quatrième: On the Happiness of the Just and the Unhappiness of the Outcasts by Michel Richard De Lalande
Sophie Junker and Florie Valiquette (Sopranos), Orchester de l'Opéra Royal, Stéphane Fuget (Conductor)

 

April 10, 2021 at 7 p.m. (2h30 with intermission)
Theodora by Georg Friedrich Handel
Florie Valiquette (Theodora), Anthea Pichanik (Irène), Tim Mead (Didymus), Kresimir Spicer Septimius, Andreas Wolf (Valens) Ensemble Le Concert Spirituel, Hervé Niquet (Conductor)

 

April 25, 2021 at 5 p.m. (1 hour without intermission)
Arno Babadjanian Trio and Pieces by Komitas and Khachaturian
Chouchane Siranossian (Violin), Astrig Siranossian (Cello), Vardan Mamikonian (Piano), Melody Louledjian (Soprano)

 

June 11, 2021 at 8 p.m. (1h30 without intermission)
Magnificat, Ascension Oratorio and Orchestral Suite No. 3 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Rachel Redmond (Soprano), Lisandro Abadie (Bass), Gwendoline Blondeel (Soprano), Thomas Hobbs (Tenor), Damien Guillon (Countertenor), Les Arts Florissants (Baroque music ensemble), William Christie (Conductor)

 

July 4, 2021 at 5 p.m. (1h30 with intermission)
Motets by Johann Sebastian Bach
La Chapelle Harmonique (choir and orchestra), Valentin Tournet (Musical direction)

 

July 8, 2021 at 8 p.m. (1h45 minutes without intermission)
Motets by Louis-Nicolas Clérambault
Eugénie Lefebvre (Dessus), Clément Debieuvre (Haute-contre), François Joron (Size), David Witczak (Bass-size), The Pages and the Cantors of the Center de musique baroque de Versailles, Orchester Collegium Marianum (Artistic direction Jana Semerádová) , Olivier Schneebeli (Musical direction)

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Royal Chapel of Versailles

1 Place Léon Gambetta, 78000 Versailles
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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 should I do when I arrive at Royal Opera of Versailles?

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

Is there a dress code?

There is no specific dress code, however, proper clothing is required. For the gala evenings, we suggest men to wear a suit and ladies to wear a dress.

Can I take pictures during the performance?

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

Is it mandatory to tip a usher?

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

How long does the performance last?

The performance lasts 1 hour and 50 minutes without intermission.