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July 12 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Every creature in the swamp deserves a date every once and a while. Platee fancies herself quite the catch, even though empirical evidence suggests she’s not exactly the warmest and friendliest catch in the sea. 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 water nymph, all is revealed – she’s been secretly starring in a comedy pointing up the folly of our vanity.
Written for a royal wedding at Versailles, Platee 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. Taylor Stayton returns to sing his first Platee and Zachary James returns as Jupiter. Soprano Elizabeth Sutphen makes her DMMO debut as La Folie, who provides the dazzling show-stopping divertissement in Act II.
Contact: Scott Arens
More Info: http://desmoinesmetroopera.org/productions/platee/