Oratorios at the Royal Chapel of Versailles

Concert Series Royal Opera of Versailles
Royal Opera of Versailles

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Royal Opera of Versailles
4 avenue de Paris, 78000 Versailles
Capacity 750 seats


From 1 h 40 min to 2 h 50 min



For all audiences

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Highlights: Oratorios at the Royal Chapel of Versailles

Ready to discover the mythical Royal Chapel of Versailles for an oratorio that will compare to no other concert you have seen?
The Royal Chapel of Versailles is an astounding, golden-draped venue from another time- From the age of Louis XIV to be exact! This beautiful Chapel is fit for a king with sumptuous décor, a spiritually charged atmosphere, a magnificent organ, and ceilings painted by some of France’s greatest: Antoine Coypel, Charles de La Fosse and Jean Jouvenet. It goes without saying that the Royal Chapel’s halls have been graced with the presence of France’s greatest artists and minds, creating an ambiance suited for some of the most virtuous oratorios known to man.


This season, discover some of the most well-loved oratorios by Bach and Handel including the magnificent Christmas Oratorio, beloved Saint John’s Passion, famous Messiah, or the rare Israel in Egypt, an oratorio that features a fairly large choir.

Premium Option & Experience

To make your experience unforgettable, choose our premium option 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 seating category.

Concert Programme at the Royal Chapel of Versailles

Sunday, April 28th, 2024 at 3:00 p.m.
With Perrine Devillers (soprano), Eva Zaïcik (mezzo-soprano), Paco Garcia, David Tricou, Cyril Auvity (tenors), Romain Bockler, Benoît Arnould (baritones), Le Poème Harmonique Chorus and Orchestra conducted by Vincent Dumestre
Monteverdi: Selva Morale e Spirituale


Sunday, May 26th, 2024 at 6:00 p.m.
With Siobhan Stagg (soprano), Marie Perbost (soprano), David Fischer (tenor), Jean-Gabriel Saint-Martin (baritone), the Chœur de Radio France, the Orchestre national d'Île-de-France conducted by Case Scaglione
Carlos Izcaray: Overture , 50th anniversary commission for a creation on the theme of celebration
Mozart: Mass in C minor, Grande Messe


Friday, June 14th, 2024 at 8:00 p.m.
Royal Chapels in London and Paris
With Caroline Weynants (soprano), Corinne Bahuaud (alto), Oscar Golden-Lee (tenor), Etienne Bazola (bass), Tristan Hambleton (bass), the Ensemble Correspondances conducted by Sébastien Daucé
Henry Du Mont: Confitebimur
Pelham Humphrey: O Lord my God
John Blow: O Sing unto the Lord
Pierre Robert: Nolite me considerare
Pelham Humphrey: Lord I have Sinned
John Blow: I will Hearken


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Royal Opera of Versailles

4 avenue de Paris, 78000 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.


Fast facts
Capacity: 750
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Air conditioning: No
Heating: Yes
Coat Check: Yes (free service)


How do I get to the Royal Chapel of Versailles?

Royal Chapel of Versailles is accessible by:
RER lines: Royal Chapel of Versailles can be reached by taking the RER C to Versailles Château Rive Gauche station (the closest station to the Château). It's a 10-minute walk.
Transilien lines: The Royal Chapel of Versailles is accessible by Transilien lines N and U from Versailles Chantiers station and by line L from Versailles Rive Droite station. Allow 25 minutes' walk.
Bus lines: The Royal Chapel of Versailles is accessible by bus line 171 from the metro station, Pont de Sèvres (metro line 9).
The Royal Chapel is located within the Versailles Castle. To get there, follow the signs for Entrance B at the top right of the Cour d'Honneur.
We invite you to consult the map above for directions. In case of difficulty, our hotline can be reached during our business hours. Please see the footer of this page for our contact details.

What do I do when I get to the Royal Chapel of Versailles?

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

Are the oratorios at the Royal Chapel of Versailles for an international audience or French speakers?

Both! The Royal Chapel of Versailles welcomes audiences from all over the world. The concerts are aimed to please all lovers of classical music or those wishing to discover more.

Can I take photos during the oratorios at the Royal Chapel of Versailles ?

In order not to disturb the artists and for the comfort of other spectators, it is forbidden to take pictures during the concerts at the Royal Chapel of Versailles. However, you can take photos of the Royal Chapel before and after the performance, as a souvenir of your gorgeous Parisian evening!

How long do the oratorios at the Royal Chapel of Versailles last?

The oratorios at the Royal Chapel of Versailles last between 1 hour and 40 minutes and 2 hours and 50 minutes.

I bought premium tickets for the oratorios at the Royal Chapel of Versailles and I haven’t received them yet. Is this normal?

Yes, it’s completely normal! Your order will first be created as a pre-booking so that the Royal Chapel of Versailles can assign your seat. You may see a pre-payment on your card, but rest assured that we will not charge your card until your reservation has been validated by the Royal Chapel of Versailles. Once the reservation is validated, you will receive your ticket by email.
Due to the large number of requests that the Royal Chapel of Versailles has to manage, this process usually takes two days, but can take up to six days maximum. After six days if your order has not been validated, it will be cancelled, the pre-charge will disappear, and you will not be charged.

Is there a coat check available at the Versailles Castle?

In application of the Vigipirate plan, suitcases and large bags are prohibited on the Versailles estate (various gates in the Château, park, and gardens).

A number of automatic lockers are available at information points, where you can leave your personal belongings and luggage smaller than cabin size (46x43x26 cm maximum).