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  • From Saturday March 30th to Sunday March 31st 2024
  • Royal Chapel
  • 2h without intermission


  • Linard Vrielink Evangelist Tenor
  • Moritz Kallenberg Tenor
  • Nicolas Brooymans Jesus Bass-baritone
  • Halidou Nombre* Pilate, Baritone
  • Tölzer Knabenchor
  • Orchestre de l’Opéra Royal
  • Under the patronage of Aline Foriel-Destezet
  • Gaétan Jarry Conductor
  • *Member of the Académie Royale de Versailles
  • Concert in German with French surtitles


Of the two passions of Bach which have been preserved, St. John was the first one to be composed, and was improved several times by the Cantor for different performances between 1724 and 1747. At Saint-Thomas Church in Leipzig, Bach had a choir and instrumental ensemble that was sufficiently well-trained to allow for the virtuosity of the arias and choruses of this rich passion, and he pushed the rhetoric to the extreme by emphasising the dramatic text as much as the doloristic text that it was meant to embody. It was by far the most extensive of his compositions and remains a favourite among audiences today for its extraordinary humanity.

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Barely one year after his arrival in Leipzig, he performed this first great masterpiece for Good Friday in 1724. As such, you will be attending this exceptional evening on the three-hundred-year anniversary of the première of this masterful work. The Orchestra of the Opéra Royal, directed by Gaétan Jarry, will welcome renowned soloists and the formidable Tölzer Knabenchor.


Founded in 1956 near Munich, this boys’ choir is now the heir of seven decades of the most outstanding choral work. The choir – and in particular its young soloists – have performed around the world with, among others, Herbert von Karajan, Wolfgang Sawallisch, James Levine and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Today, it is the greatest children’s choir and especially dazzling in the German holy music repertoire, which the boys sing with joy in their own language. Unforgettable.

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PRESTIGE VIP CATEGORY : Best seats in house with complimentary glass of champagne and programme.


PRESTIGE CATEGORY : Excellent seats with complimentary glass of champagne and programme.


REDUCED RATE applicable to under 26s, Chateau de Versailles Spectacles card holders and groups of more than 10 people (excluding special company offer).


To ensure the best welcome possible, people with limited mobility are advised to book their seats by telephone at +33 (0)1 30 83 78 89.


In case of any technical problem, the box office service remains available to complete your order by phone at +33 (0)1 30 83 78 89 (Monday-Friday from 11am to 6pm) or in our box office-shop (3 bis rue des Réservoirs, 78000 Versailles ; Monday-Friday from 11am to 6pm, and on Saturdays with concerts or shows except during the Musical Fountains Shows, from 2pm to 5pm).

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