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  • Exhibitions


    Exhibition program at the palace of Versailles

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  • Extramural Exhibitions


    Discover the extramural exhibitions of the Palace of Versailles

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  • Festivities and Entertainment

    The infinite variety and ingenuity of entertainment provided at Court.

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  • The publications

    Catalogue of the publications of the palace of Versailles

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  • Salles Louis XIV


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

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  • The Coach Gallery

    Reopening on 10 May 2016

    The collection of coaches will be exhibited in an entirely redesigned space.

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  • Redevelopment of the Pavillon

    A new visitors’reception area

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  • The Queen's State Apartment

    Closed for works

    New visitor tour from 5th January 2016

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  • Versailles in photo in CDG

    A photo exhibition dedicated to the Palace of Versailles organized in the airports of Paris

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  • Restoration and refurnishing

    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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  • Symposiums and workshops

    The scientific activities of the Centre de recherche du château de Versailles

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  • Concerts in videos

    Discover the concerts recorded at the Palace of Versailles

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  • Centre de musique baroque

    Missions and program for the musical season

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  • Equestrian Show Academy

    A centre for equestrian shows and training, directed by Bartabas

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  • Versailles Festival 2016

    Versailles Festival 2016

    Concerts, operas, masked balls and shows : discover the programmation.

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The Triumph of Handel



The festival

From 8 June to 13 July 2012, the palace of Versailles proposes a festival of baroque and classical music dedicated to the "Triumph of Handel".
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After the success of "Venice Vivaldi Versailles" in 2011, the Versailles Festival once again recreates the spirit of the testivities and art which presided over the entertainments and the intense musical life of Versailles for over a century. This year it is dedicated to the most accomplished of baroque composers, George Frederick Handel.

From the hall of Mirrors to the gardens, including the Royal Chapel and the Royal Opera, thirty concerts and performances present a large selection of the works of Handel. A brilliant composer of Italian operas, oratorios with lively choruses, and grandiose compositions commissioned by the English kings, his work covered all the artistic fields that made Versailles an exceptional centre of the art of music.

The programme is dedicated to the "Triumph of Handel", Handel of London, and is divided into two main parts: the conquest of London will be represented by works composed between 1717 (Water Music, Esther) and 1727 (Coronation Anthems), including grand operas in his early manner (Giulio Cesare and Tamerlano). Then follows his period from opera to oratorio, 1733 to 1749, with the opera masterpieces of his maturity (Orlando, Alcina, Serse) followed by the major oratorios which opened up a new career for Handel (Saul, Israel In Egypt, Messiah, Solomon), and ending with the Music for the Royal Fireworks (1749).

For this "Triumph of Handel", the world’s greatest musicians and singers of Handel’s works will be performing: Marc Minkowski, Jordi Savall, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Cecilia Bartoli, Christophe Rousset, Max Emanuel Cencic, Alan Curtis and Emmanuelle Haim. The oratorios will be sung by British ensembles which dominate in this "national" repertoire: Paul McCreesh, Robert King, Harry Christophers, John Butt and his Dunedin Consort, Richard Eggar and The Academy of Ancient Music.

Other musical masterpieces will enchant the audiences at Versailles, thanks to Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Alexandre Tharaud, the 24 Violons du Roi, and Orphée et Eurydice by Gluck. Lastly, Daniel Barenboim will conclude the festival with Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in the open air, at the foot of the Hall of Mirrors, combining his splendid West Eastern Divan Orchestra, the Chœur de l’Orchestre de Paris, the Choir of the Frankfurter Singakademie and four exceptional soloists.

Lastly, Blanca Li will be the mistress of ceremonies in the Orangerie of Versailles for a Costumed and Masked Ball.

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