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Platée 1997Royal Opera

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The extended closure of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, to allow for its spectacular redevelopment, had the benefit for Scottish audiences of making its resident company available to visit the Edinburgh Festival Theatre for the 1997 and 1998 Festivals. During the post-war years, the Covent Garden Opera had made annual tours to the major British 'provincial' cities - a phase that culminated in a visit to the 1961 Edinburgh Festival, using the much smaller King's Theatre. The domestic touring then stopped apart from two brief visits to Manchester in the eighties.

This production was a great success at the 1997 Festival. Rameau's operas were becoming slightly known down south, largely due to years of effort by Lina Lalandi and the English Bach Festival. However, in Scotland they were still almost entirely unknown, and this was the local premiere of Platée. Mark Morris already had a high reputation for arranging dances to great music by baroque composers, including Bach, Purcell and Handel. Inevitably, Jean-Paul Fouchécourt stole every scene in his wonderful green frog outfit complete with handbag and pearls.

Performance Cast

Thespis Inventor of Comedy

Mark Padmore

Satyr Goat-man

Neal Davies

Thalie Muse of Comedy

Susan Gritton

Momus Personification of Sarcasm (1)

François Le Roux

Amour L'Amour, God of Love

Nicole Tibbels

Cithéron a King

Neal Davies

Mercure Messenger to the Gods

Mark Padmore

Clarine Lizard-in-Waiting

Susan Gritton

Platée a Naiad, or water nymph

Jean-Paul Fouchécourt

Jupiter God of Gods

François Le Roux

Momus Personification of Sarcasm (2)

Philip Salmon

Folie La Folie, Personification of Folly

Nicole Tibbels

Junon Goddess of Gods

Diana Montague

Performance DatesPlatée 1997

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