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    Exhibition program at the palace of Versailles

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    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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Roberto Alagna



Roberto Alagna sings a century of French opera

In the history of Opera, France was where tenors most quickly found their place: the absence of castrati in French tragic operas favoured the roles of counter tenors, a tessitura which is actually rather similar to the light tenor. It is that two-faceted tenor voice (one light, the other heroic) that developed in France at the end of the 18th century, creating a school of French song to the delight of Gluck, Grétry, Méhul, then Rossini, Donizetti and Verdi, not to mention Meyerbeer, Gounod, Bizet. Nourrit and Duprez were the two initiators: with them the French tenor was born, with its courage and endurance, its projected high notes and the extent of its register, but especially its lyric charm. Today, Roberto Alagna, who has reached the height of an extraordinary international career, falls within the scope of that tradition.

The recital he will give, with the ideal accompaniment of the Orchestra of Paris directed by the conductor who is most acquainted with this repertoire, Michel Plasson, has been especially designed for Versailles and its historical tradition. The arias of Gluck, Grétry and Méhul recall the pre-revolutionary heritage of Legros (who created Gluck’s Orpheus in French). Then Rossini made Arnold sing in William Tell, a masterpiece created by Nourrit: the top C became the tenor’s lethal weapon and won over the audience. Unrolling the great arias of French opera in the 19th century, Roberto Alagna draws a musical portrait of the historical and mythical heroes that the Palace of Versailles re-examined by Louis Philippe presents in all their glory. This exceptional outdoor event, on the sumptuous site of the Neptune Basin before an audience of 7,000 people, will give Roberto Alagna the opportunity to glorify a French musical tradition in one of the national centres of history and the arts. The Marseillaise orchestrated with splendour by Berlioz in a spirit of patriotic and republican exaltation will be one of the symbols of this unprecedented recital.

Neptune Basin – 9:00 p.m.
French opera arias by Gluck, Weber, Gretry, Cherubini, Mehul, Berlioz, etc.
Roberto Alagna, tenor
Paris Orchestra
Michel Plasson, conductor

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