Royal Festivals in the Marble Courtyard
The Marble Courtyard: the most intimate space in Château de Versailles, at the heart of the first royal residence built by Louis XIII, which his son Louis XIV reverently conserved. At the foot of the King’s Bedchamber, this magnificent setting served as the backdrop for the Spectacles de l’Extraordinaire. This is the experience offered to you during one exceptional evening, dedicated to one of the jewels of Louis XIV’s reign, the one act opera Les Arts Florissants, composed in 1685 by Marc Antoine Charpentier.
The composer, on par with Lully and Lalande for the exceptional quality of his music, was at the service of Marie de Lorraine, Duchesse de Guise and created magnificent pages for her, which were much admired by Louis XIV. The idyll Les Arts Florissants is of course an allegory of the unprecedented development of the arts under the Sun King, but it was also intended to celebrate the end of the war against Spain which ended in victory in 1684.
Gaétan Jarry and his musicians will revive this magnificent composition at the heart of the Marble Courtyard, for a memorable concert: precious costumes, dancers led by Marie Geneviève Massé, flowers and orange trees selected and arranged by Joël Cottin, Versailles’s head gardener, the light of sunset and fire pots… and a light meal with champagne before the performance, with the evening ending under the star studded Versailles night…
Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643 - 1704)
Les Arts Florissants
Idyll in five scenes
♦ DRESS CODE
Cocktail dress, dark suit
♦ EVENING PROGRAM
>> In case of bad weather, the concert will be reported at the Royal Opera in the Château.