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Château de Versailles’ Opéra Royal

Until July 4, 2021

Italian with French subtitles

Location

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

Duration

2 hours 30 minutes
With one intermission


Details

Opera
Recommended for all ages
Italian with English surtitles


Highlights

When Monteverdi first presented his work, it marked a turning point in the history of performing arts. Monteverdi created a new musical form, opera, which was a perfect fusion of theater and music. And perhaps one of the perfect subjects for this opera is the tragic love story from the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice.
The work is performed by 11 singers and the Le Concert des Nations orchestra, under the musical direction of baroque music master Jordi Savall, and staged by Pauline Bayle.

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

Newlyweds Orpheus and Eurydice are in love with each other and sing of their happiness. However, their romance turns tragic when the Messenger announces the death of Eurydice. Orpheus decides to bring his wife back to Earth by rescuing her from Hell. The gods and messengers stand in his way, but Orpheus charms them with his song and his lyre. When he arrives in the underworld, gods agree to bring Eurydice back to life on the condition that Orpheus does not turn to look at her as she returns to the light.
Pauline Baye offers a staging that accompanies the richness of Monteverdi's work and underlines the fallible and deeply human character of these lovers, interpreted with grace by Marc Mauillon and Luciana Mancini under the direction of Jordi Savall and his orchestra Le Concert des Nations.

 

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.

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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.