Opéra de Paris


In Cinemas 30 & 31 Jul, 3 Aug 2022
Marc Minkowski
Orchestre des Musiciens du Louvre
Lawrence Brownlee (Platée), Julie Fuchs (Thalie, la folie), Jean Teitgen (Jupiter), Nahuel di Pierro (Un satyre, Cithérone), Marc Mauillon (Momus)
Jean-Philippe Rameau
Laurent Pelly
Set Design
Chantal Thomas
3h5 incl. interval
Sung in French, with English subtitles
Captured live from Palais Garnier, Paris, 21 Jun 2022
Official Event Listing
  • Genius! Minkowski and his ensemble astonish with the precision and fluidity of their orchestral offering. Even if you've already drunk and loved previous Pelly vintages, you should have no hesitation in returning to taste this one. Immoderately.
    Jean-Marc Piriou, BACHTRACK
    Passionately, madly, recommended.
    Christophe Rizoud, FORUM OPERA
    Sublime. A true musical and dramaturgical revelation: cruelly funny, darkly comic and radically lucid. A feast of scenic intelligence and musical ingenuity.

Comédie lyrique (ballet buffon) in a prologue and three acts (1745)

“A marsh queen 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?

Delightfully whimsical and joyful, Laurent Pelly's classic Paris Opera staging of Rameau's one-of-a-kind comic jewel returns to Palais Garnier, with renowned Baroque specialist Marc Minkowski conducting his Orchestre les Musiciens du Louvre.

The fantastic cast is led by award-winning American tenor Lawrence Brownlee as the titular Platée, an ugly and conceited water nymph, who falls victim to a machination of the gods of Olympus who make her believe she is loved by Jupiter. Julie Fuchs plays the hilarious role of La Folie.

With this work, composed for the marriage of the Dauphin Louis, son of Louis XV, to the Infanta Maria Teresa of Spain - reputedly a woman of little beauty - Rameau is clearly enjoying himself, and the fun is infectious.


Opéra de Paris

Opéra de Paris is one of the world's greatest opera and ballet companies. Founded more than three centuries ago by Louis XIV, it now holds performances in two theatres, the Palais Garnier (1875) and the Opéra Bastille (1989). The company’s mission is to preserve and develop our operatic and ballet heritage and it gives more than 350 performances per year. Great composers such as Rameau, Gluck, Rossini, Verdi, Wagner, Gounod, Massenet, Poulenc and Messiaen all gave the first performances of their works here.

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