L’incoronazione di Poppea
4 avenue de Paris, 78000 Versailles
Capacity 750 seats
For all audiences
In Italian surtitled in French and English
Highlights: L’incoronazione di Poppea
Could this possibly be the first great opera in the history of music? L’Incoronazione di Poppea is a masterpiece by Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643), his last opera composed in Venice for the San Giovanni e Paolo theatre. Come and discover this work which emphasizes dramatic truth, real-life emotions, and their expression. Immorality reigns throughout this feverish and incandescent work, but without fail, there is also room for comedy and passion. L’Incoronazione di Poppea is a masterpiece to be discovered in the beautiful setting of the Royal Opera House of Versailles.
To make your experience unforgettable, with Theatre in Paris you can choose to include an exclusive extra, such as a glass of champagne and a programme. See below for more information.
Story: L’incoronazione di Poppea
Based on a libretto by Giovanni Francesco Busenello, taken from the Annals of Tacitus, Monteverdi tells the story of how Poppea, loved by Otho, becomes the mistress of Nero. How the latter refuses to listen to the advice of his master, Seneca, and chooses to banish the empress Octavia to marry Poppea. The drama of this Incoronazione di Poppea is a foretaste of its end. You will be amazed at the boldness of the librettist and the fact that illicit (and passionate) love triumphs over legitimate love, the unjust fate of certain characters and the subtle mix of dramatic and humorous scenes.
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 Prestige 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