Platée, Rameau – Opera

Marc Minkowski, Laurent Pelly – Paul Agnew (Platée), Mireille Delunch (La Folie) – Opéra national de Paris

Rameau's lyrical comedy Platée was premiered in Versailles in 1745 and was one of the most popular work of the composer, along with Les Indes Galantes. This farcical and buffoon opera mischievously brings us in the land of the frogs.

The main character of the opera is Folly, often considered as the reflect of the composer himself. The story reminds of the ones from the famous French poet La Fontaine, and the morality is how beauty and ugliness are relative…

For this production of the Opéra National de Paris, conductor Marc Minkowski and stage director Laurent Pelly are back together after illustrating themselves in their renditions of Jacques Offenbach, another comical composer. This baroque opera is a marvel with its spiral of gags, the magical settings and costumes.

The casting brings together the best singers of the repertoire: Paul Agnew, Mireille Delunsch, Laurent Naouri, Vincent Le Texier... This crazy production was filmed in 2002 at the Palais Garnier. Very entertaining!

Laurent Pelly stage director
Laura Scozzi choreography

Paul Agnew (Platée)
Mireille Delunsch (La Folie,Thalie)
Yann Beuron (Thespis, Mercury)
Vincent Le Texier (Jupiter)
Doris Lamprecht (Juno)
Laurent Naouri (Cithéron, a satyr)
Valérie Gabail (Love, Clarine)
Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble
Franck Leguérinel (Momus)

Chœur des musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble
Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble Orchestra
Marc Minkowski musical direction

Movie director : Don Kent
Playlists : Opéra national de Paris special, Paul Agnew's Playlist
Musical period : Baroque music
Music genres : Voice, Opera

Duration : 02 h 30 min
Location : Palais Garnier (Paris, France)
Production date : 2002
Production : © LGM / Opéra natinal de Paris / Mezzo
Available version(s) : FR ST FR

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