Mathias Vidal Platée
Jean-Christophe Lanièce Momus
Marc Labonnette Cithéron
Enguerrand de Hys Mercure
Marianne Croux Clarine
Jean-Vincent Blot Jupiter
Marie Perbost Madness
Marie-Laure Garnier Junon
Ballet du Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse
Le Concert Spirituel Choir and orchestra
Hervé Niquet Musical conductor
Corinne et Gilles Benizio (alias Shirley et Dino) Director, costumes
Kader Belarbi Choregraphy
Hernan Penuela Stage sets
Jacques Rouveyrollis Lights
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!
Coproduction Royal Opera / Château de Versailles Spectacles, Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, Le Concert Spirituel.
Surtitles in French with surtitles in French and English
Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683–1764)
Opera-ballet buffa with a prologue and three acts on a libretto by Adrien-Joseph Valois d'Orville, created in 1745 at the Grand Manège de Versailles.
This concert is made possible by a generous support from the ADOR, the Friends of the Royal Opera.
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