Royal Chapel - Handel - The Messiah


The Messiah's fame surpasses all of Handel's other works

Messiah is a work of greater renown than any other by Handel: this oratorio was premiered in Dublin in 1742, and was a resounding success at the time of its premiere: such was the demand for tickets that gentlemen were asked to 'forego wearing their swords' and ladies to come 'without basket dresses', to make room for more listeners, and thus increase the proceeds 'for charity'. For the great alto aria "He was despised", the Reverend Delany rose with emotion in the hall as he cried out to the singer, "Woman, for this may all your sins be forgiven!"
Revived in London, Messiah soon became Handel's signature work. Performed thirty-six times during his lifetime, it quickly became a representation of the majestic and sublime in music. Charles Jennens constructed the libretto dedicated to Christ in three parts: Nativity; Passion and Resurrection; Redemption. The ideal alternation of solo arias and choruses is admirable, and Handel's lyrical skill is evident throughout the arias: suave or victorious, they are among the composer's most beautiful. The memorable choruses have been in the ear for over two hundred and fifty years... In London, King George II was so struck by Hallelujah that he rose to his feet with emotion, followed by the entire audience, and every British audience since.
The Royal Opera Orchestra of Versailles joins the Chamber Choir of the Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona for a tour led by the renowned Franco Fagioli, who takes on the role of conductor for the first time in Europe: his exceptional musical science should make this treasure of English Baroque music shine with a thousand Latin lights!

General information


Saturday 17 December 2022 between 8 pm and 10.40 pm.
Duration : 2h40 with intermission.

Sunday 18 December 2022 between 4 pm and 6.40 pm.
Duration : 2h40 with intermission.


Adult: 45 to 162 € (Category 3: from €42 to €50
Category 2: from €63 to €75.
Category 1: from 88€ to 100
Category Prestige : from 115€ to 130€.
Category VIP: 150€.).

PRESTIGE VIP CATEGORY: The best seats in the house, the programme and a free glass of champagne.

PRESTIGE CATEGORY: Very good seats, the programme and a free glass of champagne.

DISCOUNT RATE for under 26s, holders of the Château de Versailles Spectacles card and groups of more than 10 people (excluding companies).

The ticketing team is at your disposal by telephone on 01 30 83 78 89 (Monday to Friday from 11am to 6pm) or in our ticket office-boutique (3 bis rue des Réservoirs, 78000 Versailles; Monday to Friday from 11am to 6pm, as well as on Saturdays when there are no Grandes Eaux Musicales from 2pm to 5pm).

For a better reception, we advise people with reduced mobility to reserve their seats by telephone.

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Contact details

Royal Chapel - Handel - The Messiah
Chapelle Royale
Place d'Armes
78000 Versailles