Skip to content



Opera in staged version
  • From Friday June 21st to Sunday June 23rd 2024
  • Royal Opera
  • 2h without intermission


  • Favola in musica in five acts with a prologue to a libretto by Alessandro Striggio, premiered in Mantova in 1607.
  • Marc Mauillon Orfeo
  • Marie Théoleyre Euridice, Musica
  • Floriane Hasler Messaggiera
  • Marianne Beate Kielland Speranza, Proserpina
  • Salvo Vitale Plutone, Caronte
  • Victor Sicard Apollo
  • Marco Angioloni Pastore I, Spirito II
  • Arnaud Gluck Pastore II, Spirito IV
  • Matteo Laconi Pastore III, Spirito I, Eco
  • Nicolas Certenais Pastore IV, Spirito III
  • Pauline Gaillard* Ninfa
  • Yannick Bosc, Loïc Faquet et Antoine Lafon Dancers
  • Royal Opera Chorus
  • The Concert of Nations
  • Jordi Savall Conductor
  • Pauline Bayle Director
  • Emmanuel Clolus Stage sets
  • Bernadette Villard Costumes
  • Pascal Noël Lights
  • *Member of the Académie de l'Opéra Royal
  • Performance in Italian with French and English surtitles.


In the beginning was the Word: the song of Orpheus !


To find Eurydice, who dies on their wedding night, the shepherd and singer Orpheus travels to the underworld to win her back with his divine skill. His laments convince Pluto to release Eurydice – on certain conditions. At the end of the ordeal, the master of harmony is revealed as a fallible and deeply human figure, imbued with Monteverdi’s sensitivity.

Show more

It is extremely rare to be able to date the birth of an art form, yet with opera, we can. On 24 February 1607, in Mantova, the first performance of Striggio and Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo gave rise to an unprecedented format that fused theatre with music. The new expressiveness of the recitar cantando combined with the various forms of court performances, with equal mastery of details and of the whole.


The work was both a synthesis and a prototype. Its success led to other performances, its dissemination, new commissions, and more. Three decades later, in Venice, Monteverdi presided over the advent of opera, now an economic and cultural phenomenon. The figure of Orpheus illustrates this birth of lyric art. Jordi Savall and the Concert des Nations take on this performance, supported by the profound sensitivity of Marc Mauillon, reviving this inaugural tragedy, at once personal and universal, its resounding fanfares and sumptuous choruses retaining all their extraordinary power four centuries later.


Repeat of the performance first presented on 4 June 2021 at the Opéra Comique
Co-production by the Opéra Royal / Château de Versailles Spectacles, Opéra Comique, Opéra Grand Avignon



Show less

Royal Opera

More info
Prestige VIP


  • Tarif Plein

113€ à 130€

  • Tarif Plein
  • Tarif moins de 26 ans
  • Carte CVS
Catégorie 1

78€ à 92€

  • Tarif Plein
  • Tarif moins de 26 ans
  • Carte CVS
Catégorie 2

59€ à 70€

  • Tarif Plein
  • Tarif moins de 26 ans
  • Carte CVS
Catégorie 3

41€ à 49€

  • Tarif Plein
  • Tarif moins de 26 ans
  • Carte CVS

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).

Learn more

Waldorf Astoria – Trianon Palace

Show less

Subscription card

Château Versailles Spectacles

Valid for every event of The Royal Opera season and of the Versailles Palace !



Don’t miss any event !

Subscribe Subscribe