The Palace of Versailles presents many operas, concerts, gala evening and ballets in some of its exceptional sites: the Royal Opera and the Royal Chapel.Discover the 2017-2018 musical season.
shows at the palace
For this new musical season, many operas, concerts, gala evenings and ballets will take place in some of the most prestigious sites of the Palace of Versailles: the Royal Opera House, and the Royal Chapel.
Among the highlights of this 9th season, you will discover creations that pay tribute to the artistic influence of the Sun King, previously unseen in Versailles.
Sébastien Daucé will stage for the first time The Royal Night Ballet, a court ballet in which Louis XIV himself performed, then Vincent Dumestre and Benjamin Lazar will present the opera Phaéton by Lully, in a staged version describing the epic journey of the Sun's chariot. As a magnificent close to the season, the public will be invited to follow the sovereign during his musical day in the most beautiful sites of the Palace and its gardens, during the Louis XIV’s Day.
This new programme will also be marked by gala evenings, exceptional encounters with the greatest opera voices: Franco Fagioli will pay a tribute to Handel in new recitals, Philippe Jarrousky will sing Orfeo in a staged version of Gluck's opera and Joyce DiDonato will give her programme In War and Peace, dedicated to arias of fury and love by the masters of Italian baroque.
Not to be missed, among others: the first opera of the season Cosi fan tutte, a new production and the last opera of the Mozart/Da Ponte trilogy, served by Marc Minkowski and Ivan Alexandre, and a programme composed of the most beautiful solos, duos and ensembles of the Ballet Preljocaj, for three virtuoso evenings in December.
The 2017 - 2018 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.