Don Quichotte chez la Duchesse
Until December 27, 2020
4 avenue de Paris, 78000 Versailles
Capacity 750 seats
1 hour 45 minutes
For all ages
The conductor Hervé Niquet and the directors Corinne and Gilles Benizio (better known in France as Shirley and Dino) offer you a brilliant and colorful version of Joseph Bodin de Boismortier’s comic opera. It will be performed by the Concert Spirituel choir and orchestra.
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.
The Duke and Duchess, recognizing Don Quixote and Sancho Panza as they pass through their land, decide to have fun. They play on the naivety of the knight and his squire, by inventing a chivalrous plot that will take them on incredible adventures to meet a variety of characters such as Merlin the Enchanter.
Gilles and Corinne Benizio, also known as Shirley and Dino, bring to life the joyful spirit of Boismortier's long forgotten work through colorful and extravagant staging.
The show takes place both on stage and in the orchestra pit! The conductor Hervé Niquet, becomes a full character of the opera just like the rest of the musicians. A hilarious show which play with theater codes and demonstrates outstanding baroque repertoire.
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:
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.
Château de Versailles’ Opéra Royal
Categorized a 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 staging in Paris due its lavishing décor composed of early century design. The ceiling above the room comprises of an exquisite form of art, something similar to what you would see in the Sistine Chapel in Rome, Italy.
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 and for official shows such as the opening of the Versailles museum in 1837. Renovated an 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?
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.