Caroline Weynants, Caroline Bardot, Deborah Cachet Sopranos
Clément Debieuvre, Vojtech Semerad Countertenors
Etienne Bazola, Nicolas Brooymans Bass
Blandine de Sansal Bas-dessus
François-Olivier Jean, Antonin Rondepierre Tailles
Sébastien Daucé Conductor
Jos Houben assisté d’Emily Wilson Directors
When Louis XIV was in the prime of life, and Versailles in its early days, royal feasts were the main ornaments of its gardens, and the brilliant entertainment of the French court was admired throughout Europe. These prestigious events were the occasion for music, not only Lully, but also the works imagined by Molière and Charpentier. Le Malade Imaginaire was represented in Versailles in front of the Grotte de Thétis in 1674 during the royal festivities for the conquest of Franche Comté.
Les Plaisirs de Versailles, the entertainment given for the inauguration of the Soirées d’Appartements de Versailles in 1682, depicts the pleasant activities that take place during these evenings at the invitation of the King: music, games, conversation... amidst buffets and dances.
The 1685 chamber opera Les Arts Florissants is dedicated to the beauties of fine arts under the reign of the new Apollo: one of Charpentier’s most beautiful works. Sebastien Daucé and his Ensemble Correspondances, great specialists of 17th century French music, give a vivid interpretation and splendid colours to these Pleasures of Versailles!
Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643 – 1704)
Les Plaisirs de Versailles
La Comtesse d'Escarbagnas / La la Bonjour
Ouverture de la Comtesse
O la belle symphonie > "oh la belle harmonie"
Beauté dont la rigueur
Voulez-vous beaux bizarre
Les Plaisirs de Versailles
Scène 1 - La Musique
Scène 2 - La Musique, la Conversation et le Chœur
Scène 3 - Un des Plaisirs
Scène 4 - Le Jeu et les susdits
Le Malade imaginaire
Polichinelle & fantaisie des interruptions
Les Arts florissans
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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, the Cercle of Rameau members 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).