Cultural ,  Concert ,  Opera at Versailles
Francois Sechet
  • While Mozart's Requiem is acknowledged today as an absolute masterpiece, it was never performed during his lifetime. During the commemorative service organised by Schikaneder the week after his death the Introitus and the Kyrie were probably performed as Mozart's only funeral music...

    The last part of his life was strongly marked by his engagement in the Vienna Beneficence Masonic lodge in 1784. Aged 28 at the time, he managed to convince his father Leopold and his friend Haydn to be initiated in the same lodge in 1785. The Viennese masonic mysteries were at the time mostly concerned with society life and Mozart didn't renounce his catholic faith. However these mysteries gave him the opportunity to explore a deep and humanistic dimension in his work, both in the Masonic music and cantatas which he wrote specially, and in the famous Magic Flute (a rite of initiation written by another companion, Schikaneder) and his final masterpiece the Requiem.

    Raphael Pichon has immersed himself in these compositions and their impressively solemn and funereal nature to build an interpretation of Mozart's Requiem interspersed and completed by these magnificent pages composed at the same time. The musical approach of Companion Mozart’s last voyage truly encompasses the end of Mozart's life, who could have been taken to his final resting place in Vienna, an icy cemetery in the night of 5 December 1791 to the sound of the Masonic Funeral Ode for a male choir.

    With his preferred soloists, including the wonderful Sabine Devieilhe and the Pygmalion choir that he has brought to international heights, Raphael Pichon brings his vision of baroque perfection and lyricism to Mozart's most profound works.

    Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    Insanae et vanae curae

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Requiem en D minor KV 626
    Masonic march K477
    Masonic cantata K619 for soprano and orchestra
    Masonic cantata K623
    Ave verum corpus K618
  • Spoken languages
    • English
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  • From March 10, 2018 to March 11, 2018
  • Standard rate - adult full price

    • 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 €
  • Reduce rate

    • 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 €
  • On March 10, 2018 from 20:00 at 21:20
  • * Duration 1h20 without intermission
  • On March 11, 2018 from 17:30 at 18:50
  • * Duration 1h20 without intermission
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