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The Royal Opera of Versailles

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A French heritage treasure, the Royal Opera at the Château de Versailles plunges us into the heart of history through its architecture and its programme, where music and wonder reign supreme. The Royal Opera is an emblematic and artistic venue devoted to the music of the 17th and 18th centuries, which the Château de Versailles Spectacles brings to life through a classical repertoire and original productions: operas, concerts, exceptional recitals, ballets and theatre.

 

Raising the curtain on the history of the Royal Opera

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 at the Château de Versailles is a veritable feat of technique and decorative refinement: its decorations, its structure made entirely of painted wood and its acoustics are remarkable.
The largest concert hall in Europe at the time of its creation, this blue and gold showcase has hosted festivities, shows and parliamentary debates throughout its history.

The shows, designed for this venue, bring back to life the splendour of Versailles, which was one of Europe’s leading centres for musical creation.

What is the Royal Opera today ?

Reopened in 2009, the Royal Opera offers a rich program of over a hundred performances each season, including staged operas, concert operas, recitals, theatre and ballets, featuring all the great international conductors and performers, with a particular focus on the European baroque repertoire.

The musical season returns this prestigious stage to the function for which it was built: a place for theatrical and musical life.

Discover the Royal Opera’s programme for the 2023-2024 season, featuring a host of masterpieces and exceptional performances with the Royal Opera Orchestra !

Château de Versailles Spectacles offers you a selection of shows that are accessible to both the youngest spectators and seasoned enthusiasts :

Thanks to the extensive repertoire of the Château de Versailles Spectacles record label, more than a hundred discs and recordings are available to (re)discover the entire musical season. The Royal Opera Orchestra plays an active part in the label’s recordings, paying tribute to these works.

 

Extend your musical experience

The discographic label

Thanks to the extensive repertoire of the Château de Versailles Spectacles record label, more than a hundred discs and recordings are available to (re)discover the entire musical season. The Royal Opera Orchestra plays an active part in the label’s recordings, paying tribute to these works.

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L'Orchestre de l'Opéra Royal

Composed of musicians who regularly work with the greatest conductors, in the baroque and the romantic repertoire, the Château de Versailles Orchestra will regularly perform at the Royal Opera but also for concerts and recordings for the label.

He is also very active on tour, allowing his virtuosity to shine throughout France and abroad.

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