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“German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld is a household name; 18th-century French composer Jean-Philippe Rameau isn’t.” [amNewYork]

  • Cicciabella

    I’m sure Karl Lagerfeld’s gum-drop sucking scowl will instantly turn on millions to French baroque opera.

  • papopera

    Why is that old monster’s photograph in here ?

  • Chanterelle

    Don’t forget, the video of the staged production will be available on demand on Culture Box, beginning tomorrow at 2 pm EDT:

    (thanks to redbear for original mention of the stream)

    • Jamie01

      Thanks for the link, although between Platee, and today’s and yesterday’s Champions League matches, this is shaping up to be a rather unproductive work week for me.

      • redbear

        And…you get to see the ballet/orgy!

        • Jamie01

          I got to witness the Humping Bunnies from their Fairy Queen at BAM, and was underwhelmed.

    • Hassephilia


      Your post got me excited about seeing Platée (I really wanted to see it in New York, but could not). But when I tried to view it, I got this message: “Cette vidéo est inaccessible depuis votre territoire pour des raisons de droits de diffusion concédés à France Télévisions. Retrouvez toutes les vidéos disponibles depuis votre territoire sur francetv pluzz.” So you raised my hopes, which were promptly dashed! Grazie.

      • Cicciabella

        In fairness to Chanterelle and redbear, it is impossible to predict which Culturebox webcasts will be accessible in which countries. The Platée is also blocked in the Netherlands. On the other hand, we can still watch (and, unfortunately, hear) the abominable Aida from Liège.

        • Hassephilia

          In further fairness to Chanterelle, I did not know about Culture Box before seeing that post. So thank you for that. It has some interesting music and operas, if not Platée.

  • Satisfied

    Thanks for the link, Chaterelle…you’ll be making my work day much more enjoyable, especially after tonight’s concert!

    Anyone know why Christie isn’t conducting this performance (and apparently didn’t in Vienna and Paris)?

    • Gualtier M

      Surgery on his arm I believe.

      • Gualtier M

        Actually “preventative surgery”. Here is the press release:

        Conductor Paul Agnew will step in for William Christie, who is recovering from preventative surgery, as conductor for the April 2 Great Performers presentation of Les Arts Florissants’ concert version of Rameau’s comic opera, Platée. The 1745 comédie lyrique, styled as broad burlesque and a parody of French opera of the time, was one of the composer’s most popular works and had its first performance at Versailles. The light-hearted plot is based on a Greek myth about an ugly water nymph who thinks Jupiter is in love with her. This concert version is based on the production of the Theater an der Wien (Vienna) and the Opéra Comique (Paris).

        Increasingly in demand around the world as a conductor, Paul Agnew recently made his debut at the Theater an der Wien when he replaced Mr. Christie in conducting Platée in Robert Carsen’s new production, which opened on February 17. Further highlights for Mr. Agnew in the coming year include a return to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in April to conduct Bach’s St. John Passion and his debut with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra in December, when he conducts performances of Handel’s Messiah. Following a highly successful conducting debut with Les Arts Florissants in Paris in 2007, William Christie appointed Agnew Associate Conductor of the orchestra. Agnew has since gone on to lead the orchestra on tour to major venues such as the Wiener Konzerthaus, throughout France, to Salzburg and to China. Paul Agnew succeeded Christophe Rousset as Music Director of the Orchestre Français des Jeunes Baroque in 2009 and he is actively engaged in the training and preparation of the next generation of specialist instrumentalists. He is also the co-director of the academy for young singers, Le Jardin des Voix.

        • Ilka Saro

          So interesting to know that Paul Agnew now conducts LAF. He was so terrific singing in Les Boreades, and I was pleased to hear him again in Atys a couple years ago at BAM.

          Christie’s shoes are tough to fill. LAF hasn’t stayed in the limelight for over 20 years just based on musicality. Not only is Christie a very visionary artist, he is also a visionary producer, AND has a very solid head for administration, fundraising and publicity.

  • Cicciabella

    If anyone is feeling pessimistic about the level of opera singing in New York, tune in to this Aida (Lewis, Pisapia, Surguladze), being broadcast now from Belgium, for consolation:

  • Camille

    Cannot wait to hear the aftermath regarding “La Jolie”.

  • operaassport

    Looks like Siegfried and Roy had a child with one of their white tigers.

  • perfidia

    Am I the only one to find Lagerfeld kind of repulsive?

    • armerjacquino

      The phrase ‘read the thread’ springs to mind… ;-)

    • Lady Abbado

      No, that photo of Lagerfeld looks like an ad for a mortuary house: “If you use our services, you will keep wondering whether he’s dead or alive!”