Vaucluse Tourism Highlights

Odyssée Sonore at the Roman Theatre of Orange

From May to December, you will be able to attend one of the 73 performances of the Odyssée Sonore and experience immersion in a completely unprecedented acoustic and visual universe, in one of the most famous ancient heritage sites in the world.

The Roman Theatre: exceptional acoustics

Since its construction by the Romans over 2000 years ago, the Roman Theatre of Orange has been designed as an amazing venue for sound.

Its acoustics are due to its incredible stage wall, which Louis XIV called “the most beautiful wall of my kingdom”. Unusually, while from the 5th century ancient sites became open-air quarries looted to build churches and other public or Christian buildings, this wall resisted.

It owes its salvation to its new function as a rampart against barbarians. In the 19th century, the theatre resumed its function as a stage and welcomed the greatest voices of opera, with the emergence of the Chorégies festival in 1869. Since then, the excellence of its acoustics, which are unique in the world, captivates spectators and musicians.

Le Théâtre Antique : une acoustique exceptionnelle

Orange, the setting for sound innovation

Since taking over management of the monument last year, the company Edeis has set itself the goal of proclaiming this heritage and making the theatre a place where sound innovation would be the common theme, with sound as a driver of emotions serving the discovery of heritage.

By combining the expertise of specialists in sound design and artificial intelligence videomapping, they have worked on the deployment of a completely unique show tour.

Visitors will discover this experience from the 1st of May, strolling through the theatre in the evening with a smartphone and binaural headphones manufactured by the Saint-Etienne company Focal, a national flagship in very high definition audio equipment.

Thanks to this geolocated material connected to videomapping, visitors will be able to choose their own route through the theatre, following one sound or another, as they will be immersed in a universe of sound with several dimensions. From the creation of the world to the birth of the muses, a multitude of deities and mythological characters will populate fantastical landscapes, all created by artificial intelligence, which is a major innovation!

250 people

This is the maximum capacity of simultaneous visitors

Practical information

73 evenings from 1st May to 23rd December 2023 (times vary depending on nightfall)
Approximately 45 minutes for a complete tour
Rate: €22/person
Reduced or group rate: €18/person
Preferential rates for combined day visit tickets

Press contact:
Noëlle REAL
T. +33 (0)6 47 63 41 83

Théâtre antique d’Orange
Rue Madeleine Roch
84100 Orange
T. +33 (0)4 90 51 17 60

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