Versailles: Théâtre Gabriel

Country: France
Department, Region: Yvelines, Île-de-France
City: Versailles
Location: Château de Versailles

Built 1769-1770 as "Opéra Royal" by Ange-Jacques Gabriel for King Louis XV, based on an existing 17th century building by François Mansart. Opened 16 May 1770 with Lully's "Persée" during the wedding festivities of Prince Louis (the future King Louis XVI) and the Austrian archduchesse Marie-Antoinette. 712 seats (largest theatre in France at the time of the opening). Closed during the French Revolution in 1789. 1837 revived by King Louis-Philippe, re-decoration of auditorium. Re-opened with Molière's "Le Misanthrope". Subsequently used occasionally for opera and drama performances. 1871 converted to a parliament hall by Edmond de Joly. 1871-1876 used as parliament by the "Assemblée nationale". 1876-1879 used as parliament by the "Senat". 1952-1957 major restoration to the original 1770 plans. Re-opened 9 April 1957 with Act II of Rameau's "Les Indes Galantes". Used for special gala performances, performances of the "Mai de Versailles" festival, and opera performances by the Centre de Musiqe Baroque, Paris. 800 seats.

[Versailles: Theatre Gabriel] Front Text: "Versailles - Salle du Sénat, ancien Opéra de Louis XV"
Publisher: F. David, Versailles
Type: Divided Back
Size: Classic
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[Versailles: Theatre Gabriel] Reverse Text: "Versailles - L'Opéra de Louis XV construit par Gabriel, achevé en 1770, The Opera of Louis XV by Gabriel, achieved in 1770, Die Oper von Gabriel gebaut, vollendet in 1770"
Publisher: Editions d'Art LYS, Versailles
Size: Modern
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[Versailles: Theatre Gabriel] Reverse Text: "Palais de Verailles, Royal Opéra de Versailles, Théâtre Louis XV inauguré le 16 mai 1770. Construit par Jacques-Ange Gabriel, Architecte du Roi Louis CV - Royal Opera of Versailles, Louis XV Theater inaugurated May 16th, 1770. Built by Jacques-Ange Gabriel, Architect to the King Louis XV - Die Königliche Oper von Versailles. Dieses Theater im Stil Ludwigs XV, wurde am 16. Mai 1770 eröffnet. Sein Erbauer ist Jacques-Ange Gabriel, Architekt des Königs Ludwig XV. - L'Opera real de Versalles. Teatro Luis XV inaugurado el día 16 del mayo de 1770. Construido par Jacques-Ange Gabriel, arquitecto del rey Luis XV."
Publisher: Benoit-Gebelin Ed., Paris
Size: Modern
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[Versailles: Theatre Gabriel] Reverse Text: "Château de Versailles - L'Opéra (1770)"
Publisher: Panoramas, Paris; A 13
Size: Modern
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[Versailles: Theatre Gabriel] Reverse Text: "Château de Versailles - L'Opéra royal, edifié par Ange-Jacques Gabriel /1769-1770)"
Publisher: Réunion des musées nationaux, Paris; 1991
Size: Modern
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