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The Royal Opera of the Château de Versailles

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A treasure of French heritage, the Royal Opera of the Château de Versailles immerses us in history through its architecture and its programme, in which music and marvels reign supreme. The Royal Opera is an iconic venue for the arts, dedicated to music from the 17th and 18th centuries, which is brought to life by Château de Versailles Spectacles through a classical repertoire and original productions, including operas, concerts, special recitals, ballets and plays.

Lifting the curtain on the history of the Royal Opera

First dreamt up by Louis XIV, built under Louis XV and inaugurated in May 1770 for the wedding celebrations of the Dauphin, the future King Louis XVI, and the Archduchess Marie-Antoinette, the Royal Opera of the Château of Versailles is a true feat of technical skill and decorative refinement – its striking décor, its structure made entirely of painted wood and its acoustics are remarkable.

Throughout its history, various festivities, shows and parliamentary debates have taken place in this blue-and-gold setting, which at the time it was built was the largest performance venue in Europe.

The shows, created specifically for this venue, take us back to a time when Versailles was one of Europe’s leading centres of musical creation.

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The Versailles Royal Opera today

The Royal Opera, which reopened in 2009, offers a rich programme of more than one hundred performances every season, consisting of staged operas, operas in concert version, recitals, plays and ballets featuring a succession of the world’s greatest conductors and performers. The venue has a particular preference for the European Baroque repertoire.

The musical season restores the original purpose of this prestigious stage, as a centre of theatrical and musical life.

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During the 2023–2024 musical season, (re)discover the Opéra Royal through a host of exceptional masterpieces and performances!

Prolong your musical experience

The record label

Thanks to the wide repertoire of the Château de Versailles Spectacles record label, there are more than a hundred records and recordings available for you to (re)discover the entire musical season. The Orchestra of the Royal Opera is actively involved in the label’s recordings, paying tribute to these works.

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L'Orchestre de l'Opéra Royal

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 Royal Opera, as well as in varying formations for the concerts and recordings of the record label.

The Orchestre de l’Opéra Royal also tours actively, showcasing its virtuosity throughout France and abroad.

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