Operas, concerts, ballets… discover the musical programme for the 2016-2017 season. 

shows at the palace

During this new musical season the Palace of Versailles will be hosting a number of operas, concerts, gala evenings and ballets in some of its most exceptional settings including the Royal Opera House, and the Royal Chapel.

The programme of shows complements the exhibition called "Festivities and Entertainment at the Court", on display from 29 November 2016 to 26 March 2017 in the Africa and Crimea Rooms. In the days of Louis XIV entertainment was part of everyday life in the Court and constituted an example of the art of ruling. Music, dance and theatre were held all year round for any official or religious ceremony.

This year, four artists have been invited to add their personal touch to the season with a cycle devoted to them: Raphaël PichonSébastien Daucé, Vincent Dumestre and Jean-Christophe Spinosi.

Cecilia Bartoli wished to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Rossini's Cenerentola and will also be delighting audiences with a new Récital with piano for the summer festival.

A number of operas will be staged throughout the lyrical calendar including Charpentier's Médée directed by Marshall Pynkoski, Marin Marais' Alcyone conducted by Jordi Savall, Vivaldi's Arsilda by Václav Luks, and Mozart's Don Giovanni by Marc Minkowski and Ivan Alexandre.

The 2016-2017 season at the Palace of Versailles will also be paying tribute to Monteverdi with  The Coronation of Poppea directed by Klaus Michael Grüber, Orfeo directed by Paul Agnew, Le Mythe d'Orphée performed by Philippe Jaroussky and Vespers conducted by Raphaël Pichon.

The programme will also feature dance in the Royal Opera House with the arrival of Angelin Preljocaj for a new creation, La Fresque, l’extraordinaire aventure in December, then Cinderella by the Ballets de Monte-Carlo in May 2017.

The 2016 - 2017 season

shows in the Great stables

On Saturdays and Sundays the Equestrian Academy managed by Bartabas presents its repertory piece,  La Voie de l’écuyer, which takes the form of a new opus each year and combines the art of dressage, singing, stage fencing, Kyudo (Japanese archery) and dance.

The Academy also invites visitors to discover the Stables, which are steeped in history, during an unaccompanied visit of or a guided tour. click here for further information.

The Gallery of Coaches, situated in the King’s Great Stables, boasts one of the finest collections of coaches in Europe. It is open every afternoon from Tuesday to Sunday. Click here for further information.

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