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  • Extramural Exhibitions

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    Discover the extramural exhibitions of the Palace of Versailles

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    Exhibition program at the palace of Versailles

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    Operas, concerts and ballets: discover the programme for the 2014-2015 season

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    Concerts, operas, fireworks, fêtes galantes and masked balls: discover the programme.

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    Discover the concerts recorded at the Palace of Versailles

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  • The Centre de musique baroque de Versailles

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  • Equestrian Show Academy

    A centre for equestrian shows and training, directed by Bartabas

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    Restoration and refurnishing works at the palace of Versailles

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  • The acquisitions of the Palace

    The last acquisitions of the palace of Versailles

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  • Archaeology in Versailles

    20 years of archaeological excavations in Versailles

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  • Restoration of the Latona Fountain

    12 March 2013

    Restoration of the Latona Fountain

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  • Louis XV’s Choisy Commode

    February 2014

    An exceptional commode joins the collections of the Palace of Versailles

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  • Abundance Salon

    10 March 2014

    The Abundance Salon restored and refurnished

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  • The Water Theatre grove

    12 May 2015

    A contemporary garden for the Water Theatre grove

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  • The publications

    Catalogue of the publications of the palace of Versailles

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  • Salles Louis XIV

    Reopening

    In prelude to the visit to the Grands Apartements, the restored Louis XIV Rooms are now open.

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  • A Hermès scarf in aid of the palace of Versailles

    the “Promenade à Versailles” Hermès scarf will help to fund the restoration of the palace apartments

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  • The Palace of Versailles during the Great War

    2014

    Discover how the Palace of Versailles lived through the Great War

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  • Redevelopment of the Pavillon Dufour

    July 2014

    A new visitors’reception area

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  • Words of Freedom in the collections of the Palace

    Janvier 2015

    "What is Tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity" Voltaire

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  • The 11th European Night of Museums

    16 May 2015

    The 11th European Night of Museums at Versailles

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Operas

Handel: Orlando

Handel: Orlando

Opera in three acts
Music by Georg Friedrich Handel
Libretto adapted by Carlo Sigismondo Capece in Italian

Jean-Christophe Spinosi Conductor
Eric Vignier Director

Cast    
David DQ Lee, Kristina Hammarström, Adriana Kučerová, Sunhae Im, Luigi de Donato.

Ensemble Matheus

Royal Opera
Thursday 21 November 2013 - 8.00pm
Friday 22 November 2013 - 8.00pm
Sunday 24 November 2013 - 4.00pm

Cast and reservation

Cavalli: Elena

Cavalli: Elena

Dramma per musica with a prologue and three acts
Music by Francesco Cavalli
Libretto by Giovanni Faustini and Niccolo Minato

Leonardo García Alarcón Conductor
Jean-Yves Ruf Director
Laure Pichat Set designer
Claudia Jenatsch Costume designer
Christian Dubet Lighting designer

Cast
Emöke Barath Elena and Venere, Kangmin Justin Kim Menelao, Fernando Guimaraes Teseo, Solenn’ Lavanant Linke Ippolita and Pallade, Rodrigo Ferreira Peritoo, Anna Reinhold Menesteo and La Pace, Scott Conner Tindaro and Nettuno, Mariana Flores Erginda, Giunone and Castore, Majdouline Zerari Eurite and La Verita, Brendan Tuohy Diomede and Creonte, Christopher Lowrey Euripilo, La Discordia and Polluce, Job Tome Antiloco.

Soloists from the Académie Européenne du Festival d'Aix-en-Provence
Cappella Mediterranea

Royal Opera

Friday 6 December 2013 - 8.00pm
Sunday 8 December 2013 - 4.00pm

Cast and reservation

A Così fan tutte in french

A Così fan tutte in french

Opera buffa in two acts
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte translated into French

Ryan Brown Conductor
Nick Olcott Director
Misha Kachman Set designer
Kendra Rai Costume designer
Colin K. Bills Lighting designer

Cast
Pascale Beaudin Fleurdelise, Blandine Staskiewicz Dorabelle, Alex Dobson Guillaume, Antonio Figueroa Fernand, Claire Debono Delphine, Jeffrey Thompson Painter and Monsieur Riss.

Opera Lafayette Orchestra, Washington DC

This show forms part of the Mozart / Philidor diptych.

Royal Opera
Thursday 30 January 2014 - 8.00pm
Saturday 1 February 2014 - 4.00pm
Sunday 2 February 2014 - 3.00pm

Cast and reservation

Philidor: Les Femmes Vengées (The avenged Women)

Philidor: Les Femmes Vengées (The avenged Women)

Comic opera in one act and in verse
Music by François-Andre Danican Philidor
Libretto by Michel-Jean Sedaine in French

Ryan Brown Conductor
Nick Olcott Director
Misha Kachman Set designer
Kendra Rai Costume designer
Colin K. Bills Lighting designer

Cast
Pascale Beaudin Madame La Présidente, Blandine Staskiewicz Madame Lek, Alex Dobson Monsieur Lek, Antonio Figueroa Le Président, Claire Debono Madame Riss, Bernard Deletre Don Alphonse.

Opera Lafayette Orchestra, Washington DC

This show forms part of the Mozart / Philidor diptych.

Royal Opera
Saturday 1 February 2014 - 9.00pm
Sunday 2 February 2014 - 8.00pm

Cast and reservation

Lully / Molière: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme

Lully / Molière: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme

Comedy-ballet by Molière in five acts
Music by Jean-Baptiste Lully

Christophe Coin Conductor
Denis Podalydes Director
Kaori Ito Choreography
Emmanuel Bourdieu Artistic collaboration
Veronique Nguyen Makeup and hairstyles
Stephanie Faniel Lighting designer
Christian Lacroix Costume designer
Eric Ruf Set design

Cast
Emeline Bayart Madame Jourdain, Manon Combes Nicole, Bénédicte Guilbert Dorimène, Julien Campani The Music Master and Dorante, Nicolas Orlando The Fencing Master and The Grand Mufti, Francis Leplay The Philosophy Master, Hermann Marchand Lackey, Leslie Menu Lucile and The tailor’s Apprentice, Laurent Podalydès Lackey, Pascal Rénéric Monsieur Jourdain, Alexandre Steiger The Master Tailor and Covielle, Thibault Vinçon The Dancing Master and Cléonte.

Ensemble Baroque de Limoges

Royal Opera
Thursday 6 February 2014 - 8.00pm
Friday 7 February 2014 - 8.00pm
Saturday 8 February 2014 - 8.00pm
Sunday 9 February 2014 - 4.00pm

Cast and reservation

Vinci: Artaserse

Vinci: Artaserse

Dramma per musica in three acts
Music by Leonardo Vinci
Libretto by Pietro Metastasio

Diego Fasolis Conductor
Silviu Purcarete Director

Cast
Max-Emanuel Cencic Mandane, Franco Fagioli Arbace, Vince Yi Artaserse, Juan Sancho Artabano, Valer Barna-Sabadus Semira, Yuriy Mynenko Megabise.

Concerto Köln

Royal Opera
Wednesday 19 March 2014 - 7.30pm
Friday 21 March 2014 - 7.30pm
Sunday 23 March 2014 - 3.00pm

Cast and reservation

Campra: Tancrède

Campra: Tancrède

Musical tragedy in five acts with prologue
Music by André Campra
Libretto by Antoine Danchet

Olivier Schneebeli Conductor
Vincent Tavernier Director
Françoise Denieau Choreographer
Claire Niquet Set designer
Carlos Perez Lighting designer

Cast
Benoit Arnould Tancrède, Chantal Santon Herminie, Isabelle Druet Clorinde, Alain Buet Argant, Eric Martin Bonnet Ismenor, Erwin Aro a Wise Enchanter, a Sylvan, a Warrior and Vengeance, Anne-Marie Beaudette Peace, a Female Warrior and a Dryad, Marie Favier a Female Warrior and a Dryad.

Les Chantres du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles
Orchestre Les Temps Présents
Ballet de l'Opéra-Théâtre du Grand Avignon

Royal Opera
Tuesday 6 May 2014 - 8.00pm
Wednesday 7 May 2014 - 8.00pm

Cast and reservation

Lully: Persée

Lully: Persée

Musical tragedy in five acts with prologue
Music by Jean-Baptiste Lully
Libretto by Philippe Quinault

David Fallis Conductor
Marshall Pynkoski Director
Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg Choreographer
Gerard Gauci Set designer
Bonnie Beecher Lighting designer
Arwen MacDonnell Stage manager

Cast
Chris Enns Persée, Peggy Kriha Dye Merope, Mireille Asselin Andromède, Olivier Laquerre Cephée and Méduse, Carla Huhtanen Cassiope, João Fernandes Phinée, Lauwrence Wiliford Corite and Mercure, Aaron Ferguson Euryale, Curtis Sullivan Grand Prêtre, Cyclope, Stenon and Triton, Meghan Lindsay Nymphe, Guerrière and Vénus, Vasil Garvanliev Protenor, Idas and Infernal Divinity.

Chœur Les Cris de Paris
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
Dancers of the Atelier Ballet
Opera Atelier Toronto

Royal Opera
Friday 23 May 2014 - 8.00pm
Saturday 24 May 2014 - 8.00pm
Sunday 25 May 2014 - 4.30pm

Cast and reservation

Purcell:  Dido and Aeneas

Purcell: Dido and Aeneas

Tragic opera in three acts
Music by Henry Purcell
Libretto by Nahum Tate

Vincent Dumestre Conductor
Cécile Roussat and Julien Lubek Director, Choreographer, Set designer, Costume designer

Cast
Vivica Genaux Dido, Henk Neven Aeneas, Ana Quintans Belinda, Tatyana Ilyin First Witch, Caroline Meng Second Witch, Lucile Richardot Spirit, Jenny Daviet Lady-in-Waiting.

Chœur Accentus - Opéra de Rouen Haute-Normandie
Le Poème Harmonique

Royal Opera
Saturday 14 June 2014 – 6.30pm
Saturday 14 June 2014 - 9.00pm
Sunday 15 June 2014 - 4.00pm
Sunday 15 June 2014 - 7.00pm

Cast and reservation