Rameau: Platée

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  • Composer: Jean-Philippe Rameau
  • Editor: Elizabeth Bartlet
  • Format: Vocal Score
  • Instrumentation: Opera
  • Work Language: French
  • ISMN: 979-000652788-5
  • Size: 7.5 x 10.6 inches
  • Pages: 352
  • Urtext / Critical Edition


Platée was written to a libretto by Jacques Autreau that Rameau allowed to be revised for his purposes by Adrien-Joseph Le Valois d'Orville, above all to highlight its comic effects.

In the form of a grotesquerie, we witness Jupiter curing his wife Juno of jealousy. He feigns a wedding celebration with the ugly swamp-nymph Platée . When Juno arrives she has to admit, in view of such a ridiculous rival, that her suspicions were unwarranted.

The work was first performed in Versailles in 1745 at the wedding of the Dauphin Louis with Maria Theresia of Spain . The performance was a failure, however, for the audience considered the rough-hewn comedy and scurrilous characters out of place at a wedding.

It was not until 1749, in Paris, that Platée achieved its breakthrough and became Rameau's greatest success to date. Another version with altered text was performed from 1754 onwards.