Royal Opera of Versailles (Palace of Versailles) tickets 14 June 2024 - For Her Majesty |

For Her Majesty

Royal Opera of Versailles (Palace of Versailles), Paris, France
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Important Info
Type: Classical Concert
City: Paris, France
Starts at: 20:00
Duration: 1h 30min
Soprano: Caroline Weynants
Ensemble: Ensemble Correspondances
Bass: Etienne Bazola
Mezzo-Soprano: Lucile Richardot
Tenor: Oscar Golden-Lee
Conductor: Sébastien Daucé
Bass: Tristan Hambleton
Composer: Henry Du Mont
Composer: Henry Purcell
Composer: John Blow
Composer: Pelham Humphrey
Composer: Pierre Robert
Henry Du Mont: Confitebimur
Pelham Humphrey: O Lord my God
John Blow: O Sing unto the Lord
Pierre Robert: Nolite me considerare
Pelham Humphrey: I will always give thanks
Pelham Humphrey: Lord I have Sinned
John Blow: I will Hearken
Henry Purcell: My Heart Is Inditing, Z. 30

Returning to the throne of England after long years of exile during Cromwell’s republic – which he spent at the French court, among other places – Charles II decided to restore the musical institutions to their former glory, drawing heavily on what he had seen and heard in his years outside his kingdom.

If the great hours of Elizabethan music remain in place, he innovates and arouses an extraordinary creativity with a model that will have definitively marked him: that of the Royal Chapel of Louis XIV, with its clever mixture of politics and religion. Thus, the great motets created by Dumont and Robert for the Sun King are answered by the splendid pages of Cooke, Humphrey & and John Blow. All these English composers know the French musical art perfectly.

Henry Cooke is the first inventor of a genre that mirrors the French Grand motet: the symphony anthem, taking from Du Mont the form and the discourse, while spicing it up with dissonances characteristic of the English style.

His pupil, Pelham Humphrey, who died at the age of 27 (like many great musicians), also took the time to study in Paris, with Lully himself, before passing on his art to the young Henry Purcell. Thus, at the age of 17, he walked the pavements of the Louvre and the royal residences of the French court, making his mark with his insolent talent and his colorful personality. His sudden death did not prevent him from having a profound impact on future generations of musicians, beginning with John Blow who composed more than 100 symphony anthems.

The dialogue between the small choir and the large choir, the sublime instrumental simphonies with their shimmering colors, the majesty of the discourse: between these two French and English repertoires, everything seems to respond to each other and converse with mutual admiration.

And yet each one will constitute for the future a model of national music that will last for decades!

Well after Normandy and Aquitaine, and notwithstanding contemporary politics, it would seem that we have a lot of territory in common with our neighbors across the Channel…

Venue Info

Royal Opera of Versailles (Palace of Versailles) - Paris
Location   3 Place Léon Gambetta, Versailles

The Royal Opera of Versailles is the main theatre and opera house of the Palace of Versailles. The Royal Opera is one of the greatest works by the architect Ange-Jacques Gabriel. Inaugurated in 1770 during the reign of Louis XV, it was at the time the largest concert hall in Europe, and was also a great technical achievement and an impressive feat of decorative refinement. A theatre for monarchic and then republican life, it has hosted celebrations, shows and parliamentary debates.

Designed by Ange-Jacques Gabriel, it is also known as the Théâtre Gabriel. The interior decoration by Augustin Pajou is constructed almost entirely of wood, painted to resemble marble in a technique known as faux marble. The excellent acoustics of the opera house is at least partly due to its wooden interior.

The house is located at the northern extremity of the north wing of the palace. General public access to the theater is gained through the two-story vestibule. Some parts of the Opéra, such as the King's Loge and the King's Boudoir represent some of the earliest expressions of what would become known as the Louis XVI style.

Lully’s Persée — written in 1682, the year Louis XIV moved into the palace — inaugurated the Opéra on 16 May 1770 in celebration of the marriage of the dauphin — the future Louis XVI — to Marie Antoinette.

The Opéra Royal can serve either as a theater for opera, stage plays, or orchestral events, when it can accommodate an audience of 712 or as a ballroom when the floor of the orchestra level of the auditorium can be raised to the level of the stage. On these occasions, the Opéra can accommodate 1,200.

Important Info
Type: Classical Concert
City: Paris, France
Starts at: 20:00
Duration: 1h 30min
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