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For an evening of performances--opéra, concert, or ballet--head to The Royal Opera (L'Opera Royal). The main theater and opera house of the Palace of Versailles, it is one of the finest 18th-century opera houses in Europe. Performances frequently celebrate the works of the Baroque and Classical periods, which are most closely associated with the Opéra Royal and the Palace of Versailles. The building features extraordinary acoustics and decor. The Opéra Royal is directly linked to the history of the many theatres at Versailles and the theatrical stagings in 17th- and 18th-century France. Using our world travel planner, Versailles attractions like The Royal Opera (L'Opera Royal) can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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Amazing architecture, incredibly opulent.I am so glad that I visited. The entrance to the building is a bit confusing, you have to go all the way around the building before it is evident where to... more »
WE took the tour and it was excellent. I believe a real must. Just to see first hand how well that opera house was constructed and the beauty that was everywhere. Makes the newly constructed... more »
Impressive that Louie XIV built an opera house within his palace just for himself. Not many people's houses are big enough to just "add" an opera house to your humble abode. This opera house spared no expenses to depict opulence and the enjoyment of opera. I noticed that the stage was as deep as the audience seating, which is not the case in normal theaters. In regular theaters, you want to maximize the audience seating so you can sell more tickets, and the actual stage is narrow and "just for show". Here in the Palace of Versailles, there are no ticket quotas or pressure to fill the seats, so they built a stage as long and deep as the other half of audience seating, giving them the illusion that they are looking into long corridors of the palace.
Amazingly picturesque place. I could have spent hours in there, and having just found out that shows are run at the Opera House in Versailles, it makes me want to plan a trip around watching something in that beautiful hall. Absolutely breathtaking.
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