L’Opéra royal de VersaillesXavier Barral
On the occasion of the reopening to the public of the Royal Opera of Versailles, Philippe Beaussant, a musicologist specializing in the 17th century, tells the story of the birth of this opera, dreamed up by Louis XIV and produced by Louis XV.
Reputed to be one of the most beautiful court theatres, the Royal Opera of the Palace of Versailles, with its 712 seats and its all-wood hall which gives it perfect acoustics, responds to the most personal wishes of the Sun King, great lover of music and dance. With many anecdotes, the author retraces the successive projects which made this possible and which are part of a history of the taste of the time.
Philippe Chancel's photographs provide an artist's perspective on this exceptional renovation.