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Berlioz : Roméo et Juliette

Saturday 1st October 2022
7pm l 1h35 without intermission

Cast

Virginie Verrez Mezzo-soprano
Andrew Staples Tenor
Edwin Crossley-Mercer Bass

Chœur de Radio France
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
Daniel Harding Conductor

Performance in French with French and English subtitles

Presentation

Dramatic symphony on a libretto by Emile Deschamps first performed in Paris in 1839.

The show will be performed in the set of "The Marble Palace enhanced with gold" designed by the famous Ciceri for the Royal Opera. 

Berlioz innovated constantly, and a decade after his revolutionary Symphonie Fantastique, the Shakespeare enthusiast created in 1839 a Symphonie dramatique with soloists and choir, on the theme of Romeo and Juliet. It was one of his greatest successes, played all over Europe from Paris to St Petersburg. It began with a cheque for 20,000 francs, a token of admiration received from the great Paganini, who wrote: "Beethoven is dead, only Berlioz can revive him!” Hector was enthusiastic, chose the theme of the eternal lovers, and composed a work that was both lyrical and symphonic, "with an orchestra that represents an opera!” Methodically rehearsing each section of the orchestra and each musical part separately, he obtained an extraordinary result: "The whole orchestra and the choirs rose to their feet with cheers that shook the hall, while the audience applauded wildly!”

The programme notes summarise the action: fights, commotion, a grand celebration in the Capulets' house, Romeo's invocation at the tomb, Juliet's awakening, delirious joy, and then the final anguish and death of the two lovers... All of Shakespeare can be summed up in these few words, and Berlioz added the remarkable "Scherzo of Queen Mab, Fairy of Dreams" to complete a masterpiece of romanticism.

The Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir perform this standard of French music directed by the prodigious Daniel Harding: the assurance of an evening of dazzling music!

With the exceptional suupport of the ADOR– les Amis de l’Opéra Royal  

This show is presented with the exceptional support of Aline Foriel-Destezet

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Prices

Catégorie 3

41€ to 49€
Web Carte CVS
41€
Web Tarif moins de 26 ans
41€
Web Tarif Plein
49€

Catégorie 2

59€ to 70€
Web Carte CVS
59€
Web Tarif moins de 26 ans
59€
Web Tarif Plein
70€

Catégorie 1

78€ to 92€
Web Carte CVS
78€
Web Tarif moins de 26 ans
78€
Web Tarif Plein
92€

Prestige

113€ to 130€
Web Carte CVS
113€
Web Tarif moins de 26 ans
113€
Web Tarif Plein
130€

Prestige VIP

151€
Web Tarif Plein
151€

PRESTIGE VIP CATEGORY : Best seats in house with complimentary glass of champagne and programme.

PRESTIGE CATEGORY : Excellent seats with complimentary glass of champagne and programme.

REDUCED RATE applicable to under 26s, Chateau de Versailles Spectacles card holders and groups of more than 10 people (excluding special company offer).

To ensure the best welcome possible, people with limited mobility are advised to book their seats by telephone at +33 (0)1 30 83 78 89.

In case of any technical problem, the box office service remain available to complete your order by phone at +33 (0)1 30 83 78 89 (Monday-Friday from 11am to 6pm) or in our box office-shop (3 bis rue des Réservoirs, 78000 Versailles ; Monday-Friday from 11am to 6pm, and on Saturdays with concerts or shows except during the Musical Fountains Shows, from 2pm to 5pm).

 

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