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Much of Platée was comic acting and for the most part singing was secondary. The title character was written for a tenor in drag. It was interpreted with gusto by Jean-Paul Fouchécourt who had sung in the original Paris production. He was great fun to watch as he declaimed in perfect French. Wilbur Pauley was an awe inspiring Jupiter who descended from above with copious pyrotechnics. David Pittsinger was an authoritative Cithéron. Cute, perky Leena Chopra was an appealing L'amour and Joshua Hopkins was the energetic god of satire, Momus.

Jean-Paul Fouchécourt as Platée at Santa Fe Opera. Photo © 2007 Ken Howard
Jean-Paul Fouchécourt as Platée at Santa Fe Opera. Photo © 2007 Ken Howard

Conductor Harry Bicket gave Rameau his musical due despite all the horseplay on stage, and perhaps the best part of the evening was listening to that wonderful orchestra play the seldom heard eighteenth century music.

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Copyright © 9 September 2007 Maria Nockin, Arizona USA

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