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Opera Jean-Philippe Rameau
Palais Garnier - from 17 June to 12 July 2022
3h00 with 1 interval
Language : French
Surtitle : French / English
Opening night : 17 June 2022
Due to a technical incident affecting scenery changes, the performance of Platée scheduled on Tuesday 12th July at 7:30 pm will be performed in a concert version. Learn more
In few words:
“A nymph reigning over a watery empire” or an “absurd Naiad”? Who exactly is Rameau’s strange creature sung by a countertenor and who shatters the conventions of opera? The ugly and conceited frog Platée is the victim of a machination of the gods who make her believe that she is loved by Jupiter. In this opera, composed to mark the marriage of the Dauphin Louis, son of Louis XV, to the notoriously unbecoming Princess Maria Teresa of Spain, Jean‑Philippe Rameau turns irony into the principal weapon of his score. This cruel yet moving farce returns to the stage of the Opera in a delightfully whimsical production by Laurent Pelly.
Jupiter: God of the elements, he governs the earth and the heavens, father of the gods and of men. His identifying attributes are the eagle and the thunderbolt.
Cithéron: The legendary king who gave his name to Mount Cithaeron.
Mercure: God of commerce and travel and, in Roman mythology, messenger of the other gods.
La Folie: An allegorical character symbolising gaiety.
Junon: Jupiter’s wife, protector of women, particularly those with a recognized legal status in the city – women who are legitimately married.
Amour: Son of Venus-Aphrodite. In Greek mythology, the god of love and creative ernergy.
Momus: God of mockery, sarcasm and disguise, the “jester” of the Olympian deities.
Thespis: Semi-legendary tragic poet of ancient Greece and, according to Athenian tradition, the inventor of tragedy.
Thalie: One of the nine muses: the muse of comedy and idyllic poetry.
Clarine: Maidservant to Platée.
- First part 70 mn
- Intermission 30 mn
- Second part 80 mn
5 questions about Platée
Opera in a prologue and three acts (1745)
After Jacques Autreau
Jean-Philippe Rameau - (1683-1764)
Adrien-Joseph Le Valois d'Orville
Un satyre, Cithéron :
L'amour, Clarine :