About the Event
L'Orfeo is often celebrated as the birth of the opera as an art form. Here performed in the prestigious Royal Opera of Versailles.
Cast / Production
Favola in musica in five acts with a prologue to a libretto by Alessandro Striggio, premiered in Mantova in 1607.
Marc Mauillon Orfeo
Marie Theoleyre Euridice, Musica
Floriane Hasler Messaggiera
Marianne Beate Kielland Speranza, Proserpina
Salvo Vitale Plutone, Caronte
Victor Sicard Apollo
NN Pastore I, Spirito II
Arnaud Gluck Pastore II, Spirito IV
NN Pastore III, Spirito I, Eco
Nicolas Certenais Pastore IV, Spirito III
Isaure Brunner Ninfa
Yannick Bosc, Loïc Faquet et Xavier Perez Dancers
Royal Opera Chorus
The Concert of Nations
Jordi Savall Conductor
Pauline Bayle Director
Emmanuel Clolus Stage sets
Bernadette Villard Costumes
Pascal Noël Lights
Performance in Italian with French and English surtitles.
Marvel at the lavish grandeur of the Palace of Versailles, a huge Baroque complex comprising a former royal residence, incredible gardens, spectacular fountains, and the Museum of the History of France. The complex stretches over 787 hectares and is a major UNESCO World Heritage Site. Restoration began in 1892, and although interrupted by both World Wars, among other cataclysmic events, continues today. Visitors should devote a whole day to Versailles, with its abundance of attractions. Deservedly, the most famous room is the Hall of Mirrors - a 70 metre gallery decorated with 17 huge mirrors that reflect the opposite windows and their garden views. However, the Royal Opera of Versailles is another of the Palace's gems. Its' wooden interior (painted to look like marble) means that the opera house boasts superb acoustics, as well as the finest décor. Treat yourself to the best of classical music amidst the opulence of this world-famous palace!