L'Opéra Royal

Royal Opera of the Palace of Versailles

Opened in 1770 to mark the marriage of the future Louis XVI to the young Marie-Antoinette, the Royal Opera of the Palace of Versailles is still one of the most beautiful theatres in the world.

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The baroque era was all about art and performances played a major role: dance, music, theatre, costumes and sets came together in the most dazzling harmony. In spite of this love of the performing arts, the Court did not install a theatre at the chateau until the end of the reign of Louis XV. It was in fact Louis XIV’s great-grandson who decided to build and kit out the Royal Opera, which was designed as a room to be used for both performances and Court balls.

An artistic and heritage gem

The Royal Opera has been magnificently protected from the ravages of time. It now hosts over 100 performances per season, recitals and plays as well as operas and ballets. All the greatest names and international performers have stepped out onto this prestigious stage, including Cecilia Bartoli, William Christie, the Monte-Carlo Ballet, Malandain Ballet Biarritz, Sébastien Daucé, Vincent Dumestre, Angelin Preljocaj, François-Xavier Roth, Jordi Savall and Jean-Christophe Spinosi.
A feast for the eyes and ears!

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Access and contact

Château de Versailles
78000 Versailles

BY CAR Motorway A13 - Versailles Notre-Dame exit Motorway 186 - Versailles Centre exit Free "Place d'armes" parking from 19:00
Gare Montparnasse > Gare Versailles Chantiers Dreux, Mantes-la-Jolie, Rambouillet direction
Gare St. Lazare > Gare Versailles Rive Droite Rive Droite direction
Paris RER C > Gare Versailles Rive Gauche - Château Rive Gauche Château direction
Pont de Sèvres - Bus 171 > Versailles Château stop

Days and opening hours

Every day throughout the year. Closed on Monday.


  • Adult: 25 to 530 €.


  • Car park
  • Coach parking


  • Pets welcome


  • Concert
  • Shows


Spoken languages

  • French
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  • Accessible for wheelchairs with assistance

Château de Versailles
78000 Versailles

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  • JM Manai