The Four Seasons from Vivaldi and Guido
4 avenue de Paris, 78000 Versailles
Capacity 750 seats
1 h 10 min
For all audiences
Highlights: The Four Seasons from Vivaldi and Guido
Giovanni Antonio Guido was a very mysterious musician. Quite the opposite of his contemporary counterpart, Antonio Vivaldi.
Guido remains largely enigmatic due to the lack of archives on his work. He was born around 1675 and appears in the repertoire of violin students at the Conservatorio della Pietà dei Turchini in Naples.
He later joined the ranks of the musicians at the Royal Chapel, where he remained until 1702. His career took a major turn when he decided to move to Paris. There, he joined the court of Duke Philippe d'Orléans, who was to become Regent of France and who was a passionate music lover. Guido was appointed Master of Music at the Regent's court, a prestigious position. During this period, he had the opportunity to collaborate with other renowned musicians such as Morin, Gervais, and Forqueray, helping to spread Italian music in France.
Today, his music and that of his contemporary counterpart, Vivaldi, are being showcased at the Royal Opera of Versailles in the joint work, The Four Seasons.
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Story: The Four Seasons from Vivaldi and Guido
Between 1713 and 1716, Pierre Crozat, a French businessman and collector, decided to renovate his dining room and commissioned Watteau to paint four pictures on the theme of the four seasons, Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. It was probably as a tribute to this decoration that Guido composed his "Scherzi armonici sopra le Quattro stagioni dell'anno" around 1717. He based them on four anonymous poems entitled "The Characters of the Seasons.” Each of these sets of “musical entertainments” consisted of around ten movements. Although called “Concerto”, these compositions were more like French suites, with a subtle blend of Italian and French styles.
These music pieces are similar to Vivaldi's famous 'Seasons' but with divergences and a different artistic take making The Four Seasons by Guido that much more fascinating.
You will no doubt wonder who inspired the other while listening to The Four Seasons by our two composers at the Royal Opera of Versailles.
If you don't, that's just as well. All you have to do is let yourself be swept away by this light, spellbinding music.
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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
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Royal Opera of Versailles is accessible by: RER lines: The Royal Opera of Versailles can be reached by taking the RER C to Versailles Château Rive Gauche station which is the closest station to the castle. From this station the castle is a 10-minute walk. Transilien lines: The Royal Opera of Versailles is accessible by Transilien lines N and U from Versailles Chantiers station and by line L from Versailles Rive Droite station. From this station the castle is a 25-minute walk. Bus lines: The Royal Opera of Versailles is accessible by bus line 171 from the metro station, Pont de Sèvres (metro line 9). The Royal Opera of Versailles 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.
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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).