Let’s go from August 2 to September 22, 2019 and discover this area inaugurated in 1682 to celebrate the wedding of the Dauphin – and future Louis XVI – with Marie-Antoinette. Set in the very heart of the palace, this opera was the theater of the court. It stands out with its architectural, decorative, technique and stage layouts.
First ordered in 1682 to Jules Hardouin-Mansart, the construction of this venue was led much later by Jacques-Ange Gabriel. The important use of candles to light the room made shows expensive and then rare. In the 19th century, the Royal Opera has been drastically changed by Frédéric Nepveu to house the Senate, making it lose its art calling.
Then, in 2009, it found back its first use, entertaining. And it’s for our greatest joy that it’s now the theater for operas, concerts and ballets.
During this tour, you’ll have the chance to discover a magnificent set ordered by Louis-Philippe, reflecting a palace made of marble, the gallery of battles: a work by Pierre-Luc-Charles Cicéri, set designer at the Opéra de Paris for the inauguration of the historic galleries devoted to “all the glories in France”.
Transferred in Compiègne for a while and restore last year by painter Antoine Fontaine for the Louis-Philippe and Versailles exhibition, this décor can be discovered this summer. It’s such a pleasure to admire the details and the beauty of this very bold trompe l’oeil.
Dates and Opening Time
From 2 August 2019 to 22 August 2019
Château de Versailles
-18 ans et 26 ans UE: Free
billet château: €18
Ouvert du mardi au dimanche, de 9h à 18h30 (dernière
admission à 18h / fermeture des caisses à 17h50)
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