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The Orchestre de l'Opéra Royal

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An orchestra is quite a story…or a story to build! This is the ambition the brand new Orchestre de l’Opéra Royal, created for the performances of the Ghosts of Versailles.

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 (we will see them in June 2020 for the ballet Marie-Antoinette), but also in different configurations for concerts and recordings for our Château de Versailles record label, for instance for Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, with the counter-tenors Bruno de Sá and Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, conducted by Marie Van Rhij, in April 2020 and the recital of the counter-tenor Eric Jurenas in October 2020, the three counter-tenors in recital in April 2021 (David Hansen, Filippo Mineccia, Carlo Vistoli), Couperin’s Leçons de Ténèbres conducted by Stéphane Fuget in April 2021…

The Royal Opera of Versailles was first the theatre of royal and then republican life (balls and banquets for royal weddings) and over its rich history, it has hosted, operas, concerts and even…parliamentary debates. Since 2009, the performances designed for this specific venue, recreate the period where Versailles was one of the main musical epicentres of musical creation in Europe. Today, the Royal Opera offers 100 performances every season, staged operas or in concert version, recitals, plays and ballets: all the great names and international interpreters visit this prestigious stage. On the strength of these high-level experiences, the Orchestre de l’Opéra Royal was born, with the aim to adapt to the artistic projects organised at the Royal Opera and their guest artists.

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The Orchestre de l'Opéra Royal © CVS / Pascal Le Mée

The Orchestre de l'Opéra Royal © CVS / Pascal Le Mée

The Orchestre de l'Opéra Royal © CVS / Pascal Le Mée

The Orchestre de l'Opéra Royal © CVS / Pascal Le Mée

The Orchestre de l'Opéra Royal © CVS / Pascal Le Mée

The Orchestre de l'Opéra Royal © CVS / Pascal Le Mée

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