Platée - Opéra national de Paris (2015) - Platée - Opéra national de Paris (2015)

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What is Platée? The first ambiguity concerns its genre: it is sometimes considered a one-of-a-kind bouffon ballet, and sometimes given the more neutral designation of a comedie-ballet. The ambiguity continues with the opera’s title role –a “Nymph” reigning over “a watery empire” or “a ludicrous Naiad”, a role sung by a counter-tenor –a vocal range often associated with fresh, young heroes in leading roles. In this work, composed for the marriage of the Dauphin Louis, son of Louis XV, to the Infanta Maria Teresa of Spain–, reputedly a woman of little beauty, –Rameau is clearly enjoying himself. Was he mocking the French court, which saw itself as a new Olympus, or perhaps making fun of tragédie lyrique, in which his musical audacity divided audiences into “Lully traditionalists” and “Rameau Modernists”? Then again, perhaps he was simply mocking himself: so unconcerned was he by his own glory, according to his first biographer, Guy de Chabanon, that it “sometimes even seemed to bother him”. The composer was, nevertheless, quick to respond to the lethal salvos of his most fervent detractors. Was it not a stroke of genius on his part to demonstrate with the character of “La Folie”, that none but himself, an artist and theorist, could have “achieved such a masterpiece of harmony”? This classic production from the Paris Opera repertoire by Marc Minkowski and Laurent Pelly returns to the stage with an entirely new cast. 

More information is available on the opera house's official website.

Schedule

September 07, 2015 19:30:00

September 09, 2015 20:30:00

September 11, 2015 19:30:00

September 12, 2015 19:30:00

September 14, 2015 19:30:00

September 17, 2015 19:30:00

September 20, 2015 14:30:00

September 23, 2015 19:30:00

September 27, 2015 19:30:00

September 29, 2015 19:30:00

October 03, 2015 19:30:00

October 06, 2015 19:30:00

October 08, 2015 19:30:00

Casting

Laurent Pelly

Marc Minkowski

Philippe Talbot

Julie Fuchs

Frédéric Antoun

François Lis

Aurélia Legay

Alexandre Duhamel

Armelle Khourdoïan

Florian Sempey

Armelle Khourdoïan

Alexandre Duhamel

Julie Fuchs

Julien Behr

Work's characters list

Director

Conductor

Platée

La Folie

Thespis

Jupiter

Junon

Cithéron

L’Amour

Momus

Clarine

Un Satyre

Thalie

Mercure

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