Operas in Concert Version at the Royal Opera of Versailles

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Château de Versailles’ Opéra Royal

Until June 24, 2021

French

Location

Château de Versailles’ Opéra Royal
4 avenue de Paris, 78000 Versailles
Capacity 750 seats

Duration

Between 2 hours 30 minutes and 4 hours
With intermission


Details

Operas in concert version
Recommended for all ages
In Italian, German or French


Highlights

The Royal Opera of Versailles offers you to enjoy the series of magnificent operas performed in a concert version. You will have a chance to hear major works from the Baroque and Romantic eras. World-renowned orchestras and soloists will perform classical operas such as The Valkyrie by Wagner, Orfeo by Monteverdi and Orlando by Handel.

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 diner cocktail, a glass of champagne, an exclusive programme. See below for more details.

Story

The greatest orchestras and soloists of our time will perform series of operas in concert version. Six different concerts under the direction of Martin Wählberg, Olivier Schneebeliou or Vincent Dumestre will be staged at the Royal Opera of Versailles. Emöke Baráth and Emiliano Gonzalez Toro will sing lovers of Monteverdi's romantic fable, Christophe Jumeaux will play Orlando, the eponymous hero of Handel's magical opera, and Gaëlle Arquez will bewitch us in her interpretation of Circe by Desmarest.

 

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

Wednesday December 9, 2020 at 8 p.m.
Orfeo by Claudio Monteverdi
Emiliano Gonzalez Toro (conductor), Ensemble i Gemelli.
With Emiliano Gonzalez Toro (Orfeo), Emöke Barath (Euridice, La Musica), Zachary Wilder (Pastore), Fulvio Bettini (Appolo), Alix Le Saux (La Speranza), Natalie Perez (Messagera), Jérôme Varnier (Pastore, Caronte) , Nicolas Brooymans (Plutone), Juan Sancho (Pastore), Mathilde Etienne (Proserpina), and Alicia Amo (Ninfa).

 

Friday March 19, 2021 at 8 p.m.
Egisto by Francesco Cavalli
Le Poème Harmonique (ensemble) Vincent Dumestre (conductor)
With Marc Mauillon (Egisto), Zachary Wilder (Lidio), Sophie Junker (Clori), Ambroisine Bre (Climène), Romain Bockler (Hipparco), Victoire Bunel (Cinea, Semele), Floriane Hasler (Didone, Volupia), Marielou Jacquard ( Venere, Fedra), Eugénie Lefebvre (Aurora, Amore, Hora prima), Caroline Meng (Hero, Bellezza), Nicholas Scott (Dema) and David Tricou (Appolo, La Notte).

 

Tuesday April 13, 2021 at 8 p.m.
Orlando by Georg Friedrich Handel
Orkester Nord, Martin Wählberg (conductor)
With Christophe Dumaux (Orlando), Delphine Galou (Medoro), Sophie Karthäuser (Angelica), Berit Norbakken (Dorinda) and Håvard Stensvold (Zoroastro).

 

Friday April 16, 2021 at 8 p.m.
David and Jonathas by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Orchestra Les Temps Présents, Les Pages et les Chantres of the Center de musique baroque de Versailles, Olivier Schneebeli (conductor)
With Reinoud Van Mechelen (David), Un Page du CMBV (Jonathas), Thomas Dolié (Saül), Edwin Crossley-Mercer (Achis, L'Ombre de Samuel), Jean-François Novelli (Joabel), and Clément Debieuvre (La Pythonisse , A Warrior from David's Suite).

 

Thursday 24 June 2021 at 8 p.m.
Circe by Henry Desmarest
The New Characters (orchestra), Sébastien d'Hérin (conductor)
With Gaëlle Arquez (Circe), Caroline Mutel (Astérie), Hélène Carpentier (Eolie), Sébastien Droy (Ulysse), Nicolas Courjal (Elphénor)

 

Sunday June 27, 2021 at 3 p.m.
The Valkyrie by Richard Wagner
Orchestra of the Théâtre National de la Sarre, Sébastien Rouland (conductor)

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Château de Versailles’ Opéra Royal

4 avenue de Paris, 78000 Versailles

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.

Fun facts:

Capacity: 750

Handicap Accessible? Yes

Air conditioning? No

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 between 2 hours 30 minutes and 4 hours with intermission.