Sun 19 h
Raffaelsaal Orangerieschloss
palace concerts
€ 40 | 30 | 25

Young festival ticket: 15 €

currently sold out

Tweets of Versailles

The Sun King's sister-in-law reveals all


Highlights from the 60,000 letters of Liselotte von der Pfalz with music by Jean-Baptiste Lully, Marin Marais, Robert de Visée, Marc-Antoine Charpentier, André Campra, Francesco Corbetta, Jaques-Martin Hotteterre & François Couperin


Gisa Flake actress
Coline Dutilleul mezzo-soprano

Mathias Kiesling
transverse flute
Alma Stolte viola da gamba
Andreas Nachtsheim lute, guitar
Walewein Witten harpsichord
Wolfgang Katschner lute & conductor

Kai Weßler text selection & editing
Iris Drögekamp scenic design

At 19, Princess Liselotte of the Palatinate is forced to marry Louis XIV's brother. Monsieur loves women's fashion and men… Out of necessity he fathers three children with her. She likes the king, but the court fuss is an abomination to her, straightforward and down-to-earth as she is. Fifty long years, she fights her loneliness by writing letters, while the court dances its chaconnes and gavottes around her. Her messages are so drastic and full of life, hair-raising and touching, that they still reach us today: especially when the lautten compagney BERLIN plays the grand masters of French music along to them, and they shine as they did in Versailles, back then. Liselotte loved music at least as much as she loved comedy and hunting, books and dogs, hearty food - and juicy humor.

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