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Charpentier : David and Jonathas

Summary

Opera in staged version
Accueil CHARPENTIER / DAVID ET JONATHAS

Cast

  • Reinoud Van Mechelen David
  • Caroline Arnaud Jonathas
  • David Witczak Saül
  • François-Olivier Jean Pythonisse
  • Antonin Rondepierre Joabel
  • Geoffroy Buffière Samuel's shadow
  • Cyril Costanzo Achis
  • Chœur et Orchestre Marguerite Louise
  • Ballet de l’Opéra Royal
  • Gaétan Jarry Conductor
  • Marshall Pinkosky Director
  • Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg Choreography
  • Antoine et Roland Fontaine Stage sets
  • Christian Lacroix Costumes
  • Hervé Gary Lights

Presentation

This is Charpentier’s masterpiece, and one of the miracles of Baroque opera!

 

Marc-Antoine Charpentier spent most of his career without being able to access opera, as Lully held the royal privilege for this form, however he was able to create a lyrical masterpiece under very special circumstances. In 1688, the Collège Louis Le Grand, in the Jesuit tradition of theatrical, musical and choreographic practice, performed his lyrical tragedy David et Jonathas, with acts interspersed between those of the play Saul. This musical work relates a well-known subject from the Old Testament, the strong friendship – the biblical love – of David and Jonathas, son of King Saul (the latter convinced of the betrayal of the young David, who took refuge in the Philistine’s camp after his banishment). The inevitable confrontation between their armies leads to Saul’s suicide and Jonathas’ death in the arms of the victorious David…

 

The extraordinary inspiration of Charpentier’s music, the dramatic force of the libretto, and the intense emotion that radiates from the work, led to great success from the outset, as shown by several revivals in other Jesuit colleges. This production is a baroque dream: a performance of the sacred drama David and Jonathas in the Chapelle Royale of Versailles, with a magnificent set by Antoine and Roland Fontaine, costumes by Christian Lacroix, a baroque and vibrant staging by Marshall Pynkoski, choreography by Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg, and the admirable musical vision of Gaetan Jarry leading exceptional soloists. This is the vibrant version of the fateful, fusional love between David and Jonathas…

 

 

Programme

Biblical tragedy in five acts with prologue, based on a libretto by Père Bretonneau, first performed in Paris in 1688.

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Catégorie 1

32€ à 92€

  • Tarif Plein
    92€
  • Promo Black Friday
    32€
  • France Amériques
    78€
Catégorie 2

59€ à 70€

  • Tarif Plein
    70€
  • Tarif moins de 26 ans
    59€
  • Carte CVS
    59€
Catégorie 3

41€ à 49€

  • Tarif Plein
    49€
  • Tarif moins de 26 ans
    41€
  • Carte CVS
    41€
Prestige

113€ à 130€

  • Tarif Plein
    130€
  • Tarif moins de 26 ans
    113€
  • Carte CVS
    113€
  • France Amériques
    113€
Prestige VIP

151€

  • Tarif Plein
    151€

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).

 

GROUP RATES: for more information, please refer to our page dedicated to works councils and groups.

 

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).

 

To ensure the best welcome possible, people with limited mobility are advised to book their seats by telephone.

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