In 2010, 2014 and 2015, Sir John Eliot Gardiner came to Versailles with these Vespers; he and his Monteverdi Choir are exceptional interpreters of this immense musical fresco to which they go back again and again.In 1610, Monteverdi gave his Vespers of the Virgin in Mantua, before conquering Basilica San Marco in Venice. It is the first great masterpiece of baroque music and is still today a one of the beacons of our universal music heritage. Coming after the brilliant Orfeo (1607), from which the Vespers borrow the opening fanfare, this work positioned Monteverdi as the main composer of his time. Gardiner conducted this work for the first time in 1964 and recorded it twice. He founded the Monteverdi Choir, one of the best choirs in the world, for this masterpiece. His international reputation has led him to the greatest operas (from Mozart to Bizet or Verdi), but today he wishes to return to Monteverdi, his source.
Gardiner seeks to find in the Royal Chapel the setting in space of music that characterized Venetian music, by using the specific architecture and different levels of the Versailles chapel, where musicians and singers were placed on the first floor tribune around the organ, at the same level as the royal balcony which faced them, from where the sovereign listened to the compositions of his masters of chapel during services. The division in two choirs of Monteverdi’s work and the many musical dialogues and echo effect will find the perfect architectural setting in Versailles.
A unique event bringing together Gardiner, Monteverdi and Versailles.
English Baroque Soloists
Les Pages et les Chantres du Centre de musique baroque de Versailles (Olivier Schneebeli Artistic director)
Sir John Eliot Gardiner Conductor
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From October 8, 2017 to October 8, 2017
• Annual - 3rd category (Please note that some 3rd category seats have limited visibility) : 50€ 2nd category : 75€ 1st category : 100€ Prestige (glass of champagne + programme) : 130€ REDUCED RATE : - 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 42 € to 115 €
• Annual - 3rd category (Please note that some 3rd category seats have limited visibility) : 50€ / 2nd category : 75€ / 1st category : 100€ / Prestige (glass of champagne + programme) : 130€ / Prestige VIP (glass of champagne + programme) : 150€From 50 € to 150 €
- On October 8, 2017 from 18:00 at 19:40
- * Duration 1h40 without intermission