Discover or rediscover one of the architectural masterpieces of the Palace of Versailles.
The Royal Opera of Versailles was imagined by Louis XIV but was not built until the end of Louis XV’s reign. In the days of the Sun King, whose passion for music and theatre is well known, shows were put on using improvised stages in the gardens, the Marble Courtyard or at the riding arena in the Great Stables. It took nearly one hundred years for the Palace to finally have a theatre worthy of its rank.
Architecture, decoration, history and operations… this book reveals all the secrets of this majestic site through abundant photographs and documents from the archives, often never seen before.
As a counterpoint, Patrick Tourneboeuf presents his finest snapshots taken during the Royal Opera restoration project.
Authors: Jean-Paul Gousset, Raphaël Masson, Patrick Tournebœuf (photographs)
Format: 24x31 cm
Publication date: 2010