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Château de Versailles: Royal Opera HousePlace d’Armes Entrance at the Gate of Honour, Paris, Île-de-France, 78000, France
2020 June 26 20:00, June 27 19:00, June 28 15:00, June 30 20:00
Hervé NiquetConductor
Corinne BenizioDirector, Costume Designer
Hernan PenuelaSet Designer
Marie PerbostSopranoLa Folie
Enguerrand de HysTenorMercure
Mathias VidalTenorPlatée
Marc LabonnetteBaritoneCithéron
Jean-Vincent BlotBassJupiter
Marianne CrouxSopranoClarine
Marie-Laure GarnierSopranoJunon
Jean-Christophe LanièceBaritoneMomus
Gilles BenizioDirector, Costume Designer
Le Concert Spirituel
Kader BelarbiChoreography

1745: Louis XV’s son, the Dauphin Louis married the Spanish Infanta Maria-Teresia. For the celebration of this royal wedding, the Grande Écurie de Versailles was turned into a temporary theatre for the performance of a new composition commissioned from Rameau: the comedy-opera Platea.

This major opera-buffa where the gods manipulate a frog by making her think that she is loved by Jupiter, is certainly the most extraordinary comedy in music of the French 18th century – even if the spectators of the premiere thought the croaking heroin referred to the ugly little Spanish princess!

The score is exceptional, with creative and unexpected rhythms and an admirable orchestration; Folly has Italian virtuosity and the title-role is a rare character in the history of opera, sung by a counter-tenor, who must be ready to interpret a froggy queen of the marshes…. The grand trio composed of Niquet, Shirley and Dino, after having avenged Purcell in King Arthur and rejuvenated Don Quichotte, pull on their boots, descend into Platea’s marsh and create their madcap but “historically informed” version of Rameau’s opera!

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