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The Royal Opera (L'Opera Royal)

Inside the Chateau, Versailles, France
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Ranked #1 of 31 attractions in Versailles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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Jacksonville, Florida
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38 reviews 38 reviews
28 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We visited this beautiful opera house as part of a behind the scenes Versailles tour. It is in beautiful shape with much of the guilt and fixtures restored. The size of the theatre is impressive considering the time period it was constructed. Another example of the decadent french monarchy pre-revolution.

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Milford, Massachusetts
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636 helpful votes 636 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Touring the Opera is part of a guided tour of Versailles. We were told either the Chapel or the Opera, depending on performances in the Opera House. Luckily we were able to view the Opera House as you can see some of the Chapel during the general tour but you cannot see the Opera House during the general tour. The... More

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Paris, France
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5 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We have attended performances of operas at this 18th century jewel of a theatre in the Château de Versailles on several occasions. The decor and intimate atmosphere complement the performances of Baroque works which are among the most original and amusing that we have ever seen.

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Walton on Thames
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Versailles opulent as ever and the music during the Grandes Eaux really enhances the experience, but queuing a problem. If like us you don't come with tickets, then as soon as you get inside, leave one person in the queue, if possible, and go and find the automatic ticket machines located near the loos. We did this and saved ourselves... More

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London, United Kingdom
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23 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Like being inside a huge golden glowing jewel box. A fabulous theatre, easily worth taking a guided tour of the Kings' private apartments just to see this at the end.

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Glasgow
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49 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014 via mobile

The wooden architecture is the real star here. The stage is enormous compared with the auditorium. It contains some clever engineering and is as elaborately decorated as the rest of the chateau. Well worth a visit as part of a guided tour.

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Brisbane
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53 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

We viewed the Opera as part of a guided tour of Versailles. It was a magnificent venue. Simply breathtaking. There were no performances during our stay, but just being in the venue was a treat.

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Herefordshire, England
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122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

Attended the last night of three performances of Handel's opera 'Orlando'. One of the principal singers was unwell and hand to mime her performance whilst another soloist also sang her part. But somehow the experience was so magical that it did not distract unduly. Rather minimal sets. Well conducted, and a great small orchestra. Couldn't tell whether they were playing... More

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Miami, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

breath-taking. all blue and gold. they have great plays at a reasonable price. also concerts.the programs change frequently so one needs to look at the schedule. syndicat d'initiative will reserve for you, they are avenue de paris

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Perth, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

Excellent modern ballet, whimsical with a strong performance. The simplicity of the ballet was perfect against the dramatic setting of The Royal Opera.

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