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UNDER THE HIGH PATRONAGE OF ALINE FORIEL-DESTEZET

The Opéra Royal du Château de Versailles (Royal Opera of the Château de Versailles) presents one hundred performances each musical season, graced by great names and international performers on its prestigious stage. On the strength of these prestigious concerts, the Orchestra of the Opéra Royal was created in December 2019 in Versailles for the production of John Corigliano’s opera The Ghosts of Versailles. The goal of the orchestra is to adapt to the artistic projects programmed for the Opéra Royal and its guest performers.

 

Comprising musicians who regularly work with leading conductors in both the baroque and romantic repertoires, this versatile orchestra of the Château de Versailles regularly performs concerts at the Opéra Royal. In the upcoming season, the Orchestra will participate in four major new stage productions: Zingarelli’s Romeo and Juliet directed by Gilles Rico in October 2023, Mozart’s Don Giovanni in November 2023, the French version of Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio directed by Michel Fau in May 2024 and Vivaldi’s Gloria e Imeneo in June 2024 at the Théâtre de la Reine.

 

The Orchestra has also undertaken a series of festival tours, including Uzès, Prades, Sablé-sur-Sarthe, Sisteron and Valloire, under the baton of violinist Théotime Langlois de Swarte. The Orchestra made its début in South Korea, with a five-concert tour that included performances at Seoul’s Lotte Concert Hall. The Orchestra is performing Handel’s Messiah at the Chapelle de la Trinité in Lyon and at the Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona. It is accompanying soprano Samuel Mariño at the Gstaad New Year Music Festival, in Castellón and at the Teatros del Canal in Madrid within the same programme. Under the direction of harpsichordist Chloé de Guillebon, the Orchestra will also perform in a programme based on Couperin’s Leçons de Ténèbres at the Castell de Peralada festival. Finally, a major tour of China is scheduled, followed by a tour of Thailand and Vietnam.

 

The Orchestra of the Opéra Royal is an active contributor to recordings for the Château de Versailles Spectacles label. Among its many projects are recordings of arias from the great French baroque operas by the soprano Marie Perbost in Dis-moi Vénus…, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with Stefan Plewniak, Mozart’s Bastien und Bastienne and Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona, Haydn’s sixth, seventh and eighth symphonies (Le Matin, Le Midi and Le Soir), an Armenian Soul programme, coronation anthems, The Crown by the Orchestra and the Choir of the Opéra Royal, and Handel’s Messiah. Despite the ensemble’s relatively short history, the recordings by the Orchestra of the Opéra Royal have already received numerous accolades, including the Diamant Opéra magazine, choc de Classica, 5 diapasons, and more.

Orchestre de l’Opéra Royal

A SEASON TEEMING WITH NEW PRODUCTIONS

The Orchestra of the Opéra Royal will have a strong presence this season, with nineteen productions and over thirty performances! It will take part in the premières of four new “home-grown productions” of staged operas:

Roméo et Juliette de Zingarelli (enregistrement disponible)
Don Giovanni de Mozart
L’Enlèvement au Sérail de Mozart
Gloria e Imeneo de Vivaldi.

The Orchestra will also perform at the ADOR Gala with the two emblematic conductors Gaétan Jarry and Stefan Plewniak, in concertos for violin by Mozart and Le Chevalier de Saint-George, as well as Bach with the young virtuoso Théotime Langlois de Swarte, in Thierry Malandain’s new ballet Les Saisons, in Bach’s St John Passion and in Handel’s Messiah directed by Gaétan Jarry. The Orchestra of the Opéra will accompany recitals by Sonya Yoncheva, Samuel Mariño and the Trois Contre-Ténors.

Orchestre de l’Opéra Royal

ON TOUR IN FRANCE AND AROUND THE WORLD!

The Orchestra also tours actively, showcasing its virtuosity throughout France and abroad. It has performed at the Salle Gaveau, the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, at the Gstaad Festival, on tour in South Korea, at the Floréal in Epinal, in Hanoi and more. In summer 2023, the Orchestra appeared at the Festival Valloire Baroque, the Abbaye du Thoronet for Bach’s concerti between 30 July and 6 August, in Cahors, Prades, Bauges and Uzès, and at the Festival du Parc Floral in the Bois de Vincennes on 26 August. The Orchestra will also open the Festival de Sablé with the Concerti di Parigi de Vivaldi to mark the festival’s 45th anniversary.

The Orchestre de l’Opéra Royal on tour!

WHAT WOULD THE OPÉRA ROYAL BE WITHOUT ITS CHOIR…

In 2022, the Royal Opera Choir made its début, joining forces with the Royal Opera Orchestra. Throughout the new season, the Choir is performing in ten diverse productions. These include the three productions performed at the Opéra Royal: Zingarelli’s Romeo and Juliet directed by Gilles Rico in October 2023, Mozart’s Don Giovanni in November 2023 and the French version of Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio. Additionally, the Choir is performing at the Chapelle Royale in The Crown, featuring Handel and Purcell’s Coronation anthems, as well as Handel’s Messiah.

 

During this season, the Choir is collaborating with other ensembles such as the Concert des Nations conducted by Jordi Savall in Monteverdi’s Orfeo. It is embarking on a tour, visiting the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and the Theater an der Wien with Les Epopées in Lully’s Alceste.

 

Although only recently formed, the Choir of the Opéra Royal has already achieved significant milestones, recording Gloire Immortelle conducted by Hervé Niquet with the Orchestra of the Republican Guard, the coronation anthems The Crown and Dis-moi Vénus… , as well as a recital of arias from French baroque operas featuring soprano Marie Perbost.

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