Charpentier : sacred stories

Cultural ,  Concert ,  Opera ,  Theatre ,  Opera at Versailles
Philippe Delval
  • Marc-Antoine Charpentier is undoubtedly the 17th century composer with whom audiences of our time find the most affinities, as his direct and moving style speaks to us beyond the centuries. While it was difficult for him to develop his talents on the opera stage, he had wonderful opportunities to express his talent for drama in Histoires Sacrées, which he set to music along the model of Italian oratorios.

    French Subtitles

    The heroines of his Christian dramas are Judith (who vanquished Holofernes) or Cecily (virgin and martyr): victims of biblical events, they confront injustice victoriously! The sinner Magdalene owes her redemption to her love of Christ: one of the most surprising ambiguities of Christian tradition…

    These wonderfully inventive “sacred operas” (as Handel’s Oratorios would be) are interspersed with musical beauties, harrowing arias and magnificent chorales, deployed by Sébastien Daucé together with the director Vincent Huguet: they are indeed magnificently written to be performed as well as sung. Supported by sets and costumes suggesting distant biblical lands, this “show” reflects the “sacred theatre” taken to great heights by Jesuits, a premiere in Louis XIV’s chapel!

    Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704)
    Histoires Sacrées

    O sacramentum – O sacrement of devotion
    Judith sive Bethulia Liberata – Judith or Bethulia freed
    In odorem unguentorum – In the scent of your perfume
    Magdalena Lugens – Magdalene in tears
    Caecilia virgo et martyr – Cecily Virgin and Martyr
    Sub tuum Praesidium – Protected by thy mercy

    Coproduction: Théâtre de Caen and Abbaye de Royaumont
  • Spoken languages
    • English
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  • From April 7, 2018 to April 7, 2018
  • Standard rate - adult full price

    • Annual - 3rd category (Please note that some 3rd category seats have limited visibility) : 30€ / 2nd category : 50€ / 1st category : 70€ / Prestige (glass of champagne + programme) : 110€ / Prestige VIP (glass of champagne + programme) : 130€

    From 30 € to 130 €
  • Reduce rate

    • Annual - 3rd category (Please note that some 3rd category seats have limited visibility) : 25€ / 2nd category : 42€ / 1st category : 58€ / Prestige (glass of champagne + programme) : 95€ REDUCED RATE APPLICABLE TO : - under 26, Chateau de Versailles Spectacles card holders and groups of more than 10 people - holders of the 2 day Chateau de Versailles passport. Reservation by telephone only at +33 (0) 130 837 889 or directly on site on the day of the event (subject to availability). Detailed conditions on the Chateau de Versailles internet site.

    From 25 € to 95 €
  • On April 7, 2018 from 20:30 at 22:15
  • * 1h45 without interlude
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