Every creature in the swamp deserves a date every once and a while. The vain marsh-nymph Platée fancies herself quite the catch and is certain that any man who comes near her will instantly fall in love. Such is her pride that no mere mortal will do for a mate. When the King of Greece proves impervious to her charms, she recalibrates her sights higher. A lot higher, in fact. All the way to Mount Olympus and the dazzling glory of Jupiter himself! Just as they are about to be pronounced god and marsh-nymph, all is revealed - she’s been secretly starring in a comedy pointing up the folly of vanity.
Written for a royal wedding at Versailles, Platée rivals the famed palace’s architectural exuberance. Above it all is a celebration of Rameau’s incredibly fertile imagination for vocal and instrumental wit and characterization. DMMO presents this company premiere and first foray into French Baroque music in a new production led by conductor Gary Thor Wedow and directed by Chas Rader-Shieber. Tenor Taylor Stayton dons corset and high-heels to sing the vain title character while bass Zachary James and mezzo Zoie Reams return to make role debuts as Jupiter and Juno, respectively.