Rameau’s comic masterpiece comes to the Australian stage for the first time, directed by Neil Armfield. Pinchgut once again teams up with Australian Theatre Live to bring you upfront and onstage for all the fun, frivolity and beauty of this jewel of French Baroque opera.
A deliciously twisted comedy by one of the greatest French baroque composers, Rameau clearly enjoyed himself composing this one-of-a-kind comédie lyrique, for the marriage of the Dauphin Louis XV to the Princess Maria Teresa of Spain – reputedly a woman of very little beauty – telling the story of the irresistibly ugly marsh nymph Platée being tricked into believing that Jupiter is in love and wants to marry her.
Rameau takes aim at the very nature of French opera itself, turning tradition on its head with music of exceptional brilliance and wit, and sweeping away the studied elegance of set-piece ballets with ravishing melodies and striking shifts of mood and colour. Prepare to be utterly enchanted!