A jewel of French baroque opera, Rameau’s comic masterpiece is brought to the Australian stage for the first time, directed by Neil Armfield.

Wed 1 Dec 7pm | Thurs 2 Dec 7pm | Sat 4 Dec 2pm | Sun 5 Dec 5pm | Tues 7 Dec 7pm | Wed 8 Dec 7pm

City Recital Hall Sydney

Platée by Rameau

Celebrated Australian director Neil Armfield makes his Pinchgut debut in 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!


Platée by Rameau

Music by Jean-Philippe Rameau (1745)
Lyrics by Jacques Autreau

Sung in French with English Surtitles

Running Time 3 hours including interval
Tickets $55 - $215
Under 30s $55 - $65

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Kanen Breen Platée

Peter Coleman-Wright AO Jupiter

Cheryl Barker AO Juno

Cathy-Di Zhang La Folie/Amour

Nicholas Jones Mercury I Thespis

Adrian Tamburini Cithéron I Satire

David Greco Momus

Cantillation Chorus

Orchestra of the Antipodes

Erin Helyard conductor and keyboards

Neil Armfield director

Stephen Curtis Designer

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