Château Versailles Spectacles - The 3 Countertenors and the castrati virtuosity competition


Tuesday 25 January 2022

20:00 to 21:15

1h15 without intermission

Location : Chapelle Royale
  • Les 3 Contre Ténors


Filippo Mineccia, Samuel Mariño and Valer Sabadus Countertenors

Orchestre de l’Opéra Royal
Stefan Plewniak Conductor
In baroque Europe, the castrati held an extraordinary position as the first "stars" in the history of music. Almost all of them were Italian and trained in the conservatories of Naples, they dedicated themselves to the operatic career or to the service of the most prestigious princely chapels, including the Vatican and the Royal Chapel of Versailles, often combining both jobs.

In many opera productions or sacred oratorios, from Vienna to London, the castrati systematically held the title role (and in Rome all the female roles) and several other important roles, creating a real competition on the stage: it was then an escalation of virtuosity and emotion between the singers, of which the audience was the referee with their requests for encores and magnificent gifts offered to the most adored singers. The opera was also regularly supplemented with "suitcase" arias that the most sought-after castrates brought with them to shine.

What if 3 of the best singers of our time were also part of this competition of virtuosity? Here come Valer Sabadus (born in Arad, Romania in 1986) who made his French debut at the Royal Opera, Filippo Mineccia (born in Florence in 1981), a regular in Versailles, and finally the youngest, Samuel Mariño (born in Caracas). Virtuoso arias, love duets and combative trios parade under the pen of the masters Handel, Ariosti, Bononcini, Vinci, Gasparini who made the castrati triumph. Up to each and everyone to decide who is their winner!

General information
  • Cultural and artistic :
    • Concert
  • Music :
    • Classical music
Château de Versailles Spectacles
Chapelle Royale
Château Versailles Spectacles - Les 3 Contre-Ténors et le Concours de virtuosité des castrats
Château de Versailles
  • Spoken language(s) :
    • French


Category 3 : 25€ to 30€
Category 2 : 42€ to 50€€
Category 1 : 58€ to 70€
Prestige : 95€ to 110€
Prestige VIP : 130€

PRESTIGE VIP CATEGORY : Best seats in the venue, the program and a glass of champagne included

PRESTIGE CATEGORY: Very good seats, the program and a glass of champagne included.

REDUCED RATE granted to under-26s, holders of the Château de Versailles Spectacles card and groups of more than 10 people (excluding company formula).

For a better welcome, it is strongly recommended that people with reduced mobility book their seats by telephone on 01 30 83 78 89.

In case of technical problems, the ticketing team is at your disposal by phone at 01 30 83 78 89 (from Monday to Friday from 11am to 6pm) or on site in our ticket shop (3 bis rue des Réservoirs, 78000 Versailles; from Monday to Friday from 11am to 6pm, as well as Saturdays of shows outside the Grandes Eaux Musicales from 2pm to 5pm) to help you make your reservation.
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