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 2018-2019 musical season programme of Château de Versailles Spectacles’ 10th season since the reopening of the Royal Opera in 2009.
shows at the palace
To celebrate these 10 musical seasons, this new programme is built around the number ten:
- 10 operas will be staged at the Royal Opera
- 10 years since the first performance of Purcell’s King Arthur, in Shirley & Dino’s famous staging, conducted by Hervé Niquet.
- 10 CDs – Château de Versailles Spectacles’ objective for a new collection of recordings for each season.
This anniversary programme will be the occasion of new discoveries: Sacrati’s La Finta Pazza, the first opera performed at the French Court in 1645, conducted by Leonardo García Alarcón, and Christophe Rousset’s new interpretation of Legrenzi’s La Divisione del Mondo. While Jérôme Deschamps and Marc Minkowski tackle the legendary Bourgeois Gentilhomme, William Christie will present The Beggar’s’ Opera, the first musical comedy in the history of music (1728). Marie-Antoinette will be the heroin of a new choreography by the Malandain Ballet Biarritz, a world premiere at the Royal Opera, on the occasion of the reopening of the Queen’s Grand Apartment after 40 months of renovation.
The celebration of François Couperin’s 350th anniversary, the Royal Chapel’s brilliant organist, deploys as much passion as the commemoration of the emblematic musician of Louis-Philippe’s era, Hector Berlioz, honoured this autumn at the Palace of Versailles: his Fantastic Symphony (1830) will resound under Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s lead, in sets built for the Royal Opera in 1837, which Berlioz probably saw during his 1848 concert in Versailles – a high-level historical summit!
The Royal Opera is pursuing its ambition of being an outstanding opera stage, with 17th and 18th century music at the heart of its programme: an unequaled project, with more than 80 performances of works dating from before the French Revolution…
The 2018 - 2019 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.
After more than three years of restoration work, the Queen’s State Apartment is being reopened to the public, providing a great opportunity to revisit three of the Palace of Versailles’ key female characters: Marie-Antoinette, who lived in the Queen’s State Apartment, Marie Leszczynska and Madame de Maintenon.
From the 4th of May to the 3rd of August 2019, the Upper Stone Gallery of the Palace of Versailles will be presenting a unique collection of architectural projects, which were developed for the Palace and its gardens between the 17th and 19th centuries.