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City Recital Hall
2 Angel Place, Sydney

Running time

approximately 3 hours including interval


Sung in French with English surtitles


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

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 outlandish 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!

Cast & Creative

Conductor and keyboards
Erin Helyard
Neil Armfield
Kanen Breen
La Folie / Amour
Cathy-Di Zhang
Peter Coleman-Wright AO
Mercury / Thespis
Nicholas Jones
Cithéron / Satire
Adrian Tamburini
David Greco

Cantillation & Orchestra of the Antipodes