Sonya Yoncheva, Adriana González, Iestyn Davies Headliners Palace of Versailles Shows Royal Opera House Season 2022-23

The Royal Opera of the Château de Versailles Spectacles has unveiled its 2022-23 season.

For the purposes of this article, we will only focus on vocal performance.

The vocal part of the season begins with a performance of Berlioz’s “Romeo and Juliet” with Virginie Verrez, Andrew Staples and Edwin Crossley-Mercer. Daniel Harding conducts the Radio France Choir and the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra.

Performance date: October 1, 2022

Gaétan Jarry conducts the Royal Opera Orchestra in a gala showcasing the talents of Florie Valiquette, Robert Gleadow, Cécile Achille and Adèle Carlier. The gala will feature the music of Mozart.

Performance date: October 9, 2022

Stéphane Fuget will conduct an interpretation of “Orfeo” by Monteverdi with Julian Prégardien, Gwendoline Blondeel, Marie Perbost, Eva Zaïck, Luc Bertin-Hugault, Luigi De Donato, Vlad Crosman and Paul Figuier.

Performance date: October 18, 2022

Marc Minkowski conducts Les Musiciens du Louvre in a concert featuring the music of Gluck and Händel alongside Magdalena Kozená, Marianne Crebassa, Stanislas De Barbeyrac and Florian Sempey.

Performance date: October 19, 2022

Adriana González, Cyrille Dubois, Caroline Jestaedt, Sahy Ratia, Cécile Achille, Adèle Carlier, Laura Jarrell and Lucie Edel are the headliners of Gluck’s “Echo et Narcisse”. Hervé Niquet conducts Le Concert Spirituel.

Performance date: October 21, 2022

Sonya Yoncheva performs in recital alongside the Royal Opera Orchestra and conductor Stefan Plewniak.

Performance date: November 7, 2022

Gaétan Jarry directs a staging of “David and Jonathas” by Charpentier directed by Marshall Pynkoski. In the cast, Reinoud Van Mechelen, Caroline Arnaud, David Witczak, François-Olivier Jean, Antonin Rondepierre, Geoffroy Buffière and Virgile Ancely.

Performance date: November 10-12, 2022

Musicians from the National Conservatories of Music and Dance in Paris and Lyon join forces with the Pages and Chantres of the Baroque Music Center of Versailles for a program of music by Campra, Lalanda, Gervais and Bernier. Emmanuelle Haïm directs.

Performance date: November 17, 2022

Corinne and Gilles Benizio direct “Le Roi Arthur”. Le Concert Spirituel performs alongside soloists such as Chantal Santon-Jeffrey, Bénédicte Tauran, Mathias Vidal, Romain Dayez and Douglas Williams.

Performance date: November 18-20, 2022

Gwendoline Blondeel, Cécile Achille, David Tricou, Mathias Vidal and Geoffroy Bueffière headline a concert of music by Charpentier. Valentine Tournet directs La Chapelle Harmonique.

Performance date: November 20, 2022

Sylvain Sartre conducts Les Ombres and the Concert Spirituel Choir to music by Gervais and Vivaldi. Soloists include Judith van Wanroij, Deborah Cachet, Paul Figuier, Nicholas Scott, Zachary Wilder and Benoit Arnould.

Performance date: November 23, 2022

Bruno de Sá and Il Pomo d’Oro under the direction of Francesco Corti will perform music by Scarlatti, Vivaldi, Corelli, Porpora, Cocchi, Hasse and Galuppi.

Performance date: November 28, 2022

Jean-Yves Ruf directs “La Finta Pazza”. Leonardo Garcia Alarcón leads the Cappella Mediterranea and a cast of singers that includes Mariana Flores, Filippo Mineccia, Gabriel Jublin, Valerio Contaldo and Alejandro Meerapfel, among others.

Performance date: December 3 and 4, 2022

Gilles’ “Requiem” will feature Eugénie Lefebvre, Clément Debieuvre, Matthias Vidal and David Witczak. Fabien Armengaud conducts the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra.

Performance date: December 8, 2022

John Eliot Gardiner conducts the Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque soloists in Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio”.

Performance date: December 11, 2022

William Christie and Les Arts Florissants perform Charpentier’s music for the holiday spirit. Soloists include Julie Roset, Emmanuelle de Negri, Lisandro Abadie and Bastien Rimondi

Performance date: December 16, 2022

Franco Fagioli will conduct the Royal Opera Orchestra in Handel’s Messiah. Marie Lys, Margherita Maria Sala, Pablo Bemsch and Alex Rosen perform alongside the Chamber Choir of the Palace of Catalan Music in Barcelona.

Performance date: December 17 – 18, 2022

There will be a production of Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” directed by Cécile Roussat and Julien Lubek. Hervé Niquet conducts Le Concert Spirituel and a cast made up of Florie Valiquette, Mathias Vidal, Marc Scoffoni, Emma Posman and Guilhem Worms.

Performance date: Dec 27 2022 – Jan 1, 2023

There will be a production of “Le Nozze di Figaro” with Robert Gleadow, Ana Maria Labin, Thomas Dolié and Angela Brower. Marc Minkowski conducts Les Musiciens du Louvre.

Performance date: January 15 & 20, 2023

Alexandre Duhamel, Robert Gleadow, Ana Maria Labin, Ariana Vendittelli, Julien Henric, Alix le Saux and Alex Rosen star in “Don Giovanni”, also directed by Marc Minkowski.

Performance date: January 17 & 21, 2023

Minkowski will also direct “Così fan tutte” with a cast featuring Ana Maria Labin, Angela Brower, Miriam Albano, James Ley, Robert Gleadow and Alexandre Duhamel.

Performance date: January 18 & 22, 2023

Reinoud Van Mechelen conducts “Céphale et rocris” by Jacquet de La Guerre with Ema Nikolavska, Déborah Cachet, Lore Binon, Gwendoline Blondeel, Marc Mauillon, Lisandro Abadie and Samuel Namotte.

Performance date: January 22, 2023

For Monteverdi’s “L’Incoronazione di Poppea”, Leonardo García Alarcón will conduct the Cappella Mediterranea and a cast with Elsa Benoit, Jake Arditti, Ambroisine Bré, Iestyn Davies and Alex R0sen, among others.

Performance date: 28 – 31 January 2023

William Christie and Les Art Florissants will present “Dido and Aeneas” by Purcell. The cast includes Helen Charlston, Ana Vieira Leite, Renato Dolcini, Maud Gnidzaz, Virginie Thomas and Jacob Lawrence.

Performance date: March 17 – 19, 2023

Many concerts will take place during Holy Week. The kick-off will be given by the interpretation of Couperin’s “Leçons de Ténèbres” and “Motet for Easter Day” with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera. Gaétan Jarry conducts. Ana Quintans and Adèle Carlier are the soloists.

Performance date: April 5, 2023

Andres Gabetta will conduct Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater” and music by Vivaldi. Bruno de Sá and Cameron Shahbazi are the soloists.

Performance date: April 6, 2023

Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts the Monteverdi Choir in Bach’s Mass in B Minor.

Performance date: April 8, 2023

“La Caravane du Caire” by Grétry is staged in a production directed by Marshall Pynkoski and Hervé Niquet. Soloists include Hélène Guilmette, Gwendoline Blondeel, Mathias Vidal, Tassis Christoyannis, Hasnaa Bennani and David Wi

Performance date: June 9-11, 2023

The season will close with “Jérusalem Deliveré” by regent Phillippe d’Orléan.

Performance date: July 2, 2023

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