Opéra Royal du Château de Versailles ...

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Conceived in 1682 by architects Jules Hardouin-Mansart and Vigarani at the behest of Louis XIV, the Royal Opera of Versailles was included in the plans for the original Château de Versailles but was not inaugurated until 17 May 1770, after twenty years of studies and construction that was often delayed because of the ambitiousness of the project.

Finally entrusted to the king’s chief architect, Ange-Jacques Gabriel (who took inspiration from the great Italian opera houses of Vicenza, Bologna, Parma, Modena and Turin – creating a truncated ellipse with an upside-down vault under the orchestra pit ensuring ideal acoustics – at a time when French theatres were rectangular and did nothing to enhance the music played in them), the Royal Opera of Versailles was critically monitored by the king, who was determined to bring the project to fruition ahead of his children’s successive marriage celebrations. The Royal Opera of Versailles was finally inaugurated on the day of the wedding of the Dauphin (the future Louis XVI) to Archduchess Marie-Antoinette, with a performance of Persée de Quinault and Lully.

As a matter of interest, in order to meet the construction deadlines, Gabriel had all his various craftsmen work at the same time (for example, the woodwork was done in workshops whilst the building shell was being finished), which explains certain architectural inconsistencies in the hall.

Located at the end of the north wing of the Château de Versailles, for a long time the Royal Opera hosted only the most extraordinary events at Versailles, serving in turn as theatre hall, ballet hall, and even banquet hall. It was not until the Ancien Régime that the 650-seat hall opened up more regularly to the public.

The Royal Opera of Versailles underwent multiple restorations (in particular, its baroque hall was renovated between 1952 and 1957). From 2007 to 2009, the Versailles Opera was brought up to code (with a budget of 13.5 million euros) enabling it once again to regularly welcome the public. Since its lavish inauguration on 21 September 2009 (with ticket prices going as high as 25,000 euros, 400 spectators attended the reopening, followed by a dinner in the Chateau’s Hall of Mirrors), each season the Royal Opera of Versailles has hosted eclectic productions as well as the great lyric events of Versailles.

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Productions
Schedules

the 08 of September, 2019

15:00

the 09 of December, 2018

the 08 of December, 2018

the 07 of December, 2018

15:00

19:00

20:00

the 02 of December, 2018

the 01 of December, 2018

the 30 of November, 2018

15:00

19:00

20:00

the 02 of December, 2018

the 01 of December, 2018

the 30 of November, 2018

15:00

19:00

20:00

the 10 of March, 2018

the 09 of March, 2018

19:00

20:00

the 14 of January, 2018

the 12 of January, 2018

15:00

20:00

the 03 of December, 2017

the 02 of December, 2017

15:00

19:00

the 12 of November, 2017

the 11 of November, 2017

the 09 of November, 2017

the 08 of November, 2017

15:00

19:00

20:00

20:00

the 21 of May, 2017

the 20 of May, 2017

the 19 of May, 2017

15:00

19:00

20:00

the 12 of June, 2016

the 10 of June, 2016

the 08 of June, 2016

15:00

20:00

20:00

the 20 of March, 2016

the 19 of March, 2016

the 17 of March, 2016

16:00

20:00

20:00

the 20 of February, 2016

the 19 of February, 2016

20:00

20:00

the 17 of January, 2016

the 15 of January, 2016

15:00

20:00

the 10 of January, 2016

the 09 of January, 2016

the 08 of January, 2016

the 07 of January, 2016

16:00

20:00

20:00

20:00

the 08 of December, 2015

the 06 of December, 2015

the 04 of December, 2015

20:00

15:00

20:00

the 22 of November, 2015

the 21 of November, 2015

the 20 of November, 2015

15:00

20:00

20:00

the 09 of November, 2015

the 08 of November, 2015

20:00

21:00

the 21 of June, 2015

the 19 of June, 2015

the 16 of June, 2015

15:00

20:00

20:00

the 07 of June, 2015

the 06 of June, 2015

the 04 of June, 2015

15:00

20:00

20:00

the 06 of May, 2015

the 05 of May, 2015

20:00

20:00

the 12 of April, 2015

the 11 of April, 2015

the 10 of April, 2015

the 09 of April, 2015

the 08 of April, 2015

15:00

20:00

20:00

20:00

20:00

the 08 of February, 2015

the 07 of February, 2015

the 06 of February, 2015

16:00

20:00

20:00

the 29 of January, 2015

20:00

the 30 of November, 2014

the 28 of November, 2014

the 26 of November, 2014

15:00

20:00

20:00

the 18 of October, 2014

the 16 of October, 2014

20:00

20:00

the 22 of February, 2013

the 19 of February, 2013

the 17 of February, 2013

20:00

20:00

16:00

the 24 of January, 2013

the 22 of January, 2013

the 20 of January, 2013

the 19 of January, 2013

20:00

20:00

16:00

20:00

the 25 of March, 2012

the 23 of March, 2012

16:00

20:00

the 11 of January, 2012

the 10 of January, 2012

20:00

20:00

the 17 of July, 2011

the 15 of July, 2011

the 14 of July, 2011

00:00

00:00

00:00

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