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Jean-Philippe Rameau

Event details

29 May – 30 June 2024

A comic-tragic opera with grand choruses and fabulous dances plays out in a world of glamour and deception. Rameau’s Platée is a first for Garsington Opera as we delve into the world of French Baroque opera, made possible by our special partnership with The English Concert. We are thrilled that director Louisa Muller and designer Christopher Oram return after their RPS Award-winning production of The Turn of the Screw, and we welcome conductor and French Baroque specialist Paul Agnew, who makes his Garsington debut.

A close relative to the familiar myth of Semele, Platée is a character whose self-deception and entrancement places her in the middle of a heartless plot, devised by the gods to cure Juno of her obsessive jealousy over Jupiter and his romantic attachments. Jupiter pretends to fall in love with Platée only to abandon her once Juno arrives, proving she has no reason to be jealous.

Sung in French with English supertitles

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29 May – 30 June 2024

29 May – 30 June 2024

“Garsington Opera… pulled off a huge success with this sparkling (in more ways than one), funny, engaging production…”
Melanie Eskenazi, MusicOMH, 29 May

“Rameau’s comic masterpiece receives a new and scintillating production at Garsington Opera”
Tim Hochstrasser,, 1 June

“Rameau’s earthy score, which The English Concert brings vividly to onomatopoeic life in the pit, excellently directed by Paul Agnew”
Rebecca Franks, The Times, 30 May

“Director Louisa Muller finds a way through in a production that generates a steadily increasing degree of sympathy for poor Platée”
George Hall, The Stage, 30 May

Cast & Creative Team


Satyr and Chitheron

Henry Waddington

Thespis and Mercury

Robert Murray


Audrey Tsang
Nancy Holt


Holly Brown


Jonathan McGovern


Victoria Songwei Li


Samuel Boden


Holly Teague


Ossian Huskinson

La Folie

Mireille Asselin


Annabel Kennedy


Zaynah Ahmed
Vikki Clark
Jay Jobarteh
Malin Kvist
Helen Parsons
Jessica Saisang-Rowe
Marco Venturini (Dance Captain)
Leah Wallings

Creative Team


Paul Agnew


Louisa Muller


Christopher Oram

Lighting Designer

Malcom Rippeth

Video Designer


Movement Director

Rebecca Howell


Samuel Boden Singing Rameau

A former Alvarez Young Artist (2009 & 2010), Samuel will perform the title role in this masterpiece of French Baroque opera, rarely performed in the UK.

Follow the link below to watch Samuel performing “In convertendo Dominus” by Rameau with Le Concert d’Astrée under the baton of Emmanuelle Haïm.

Mireille Asselin Singing Purcell

Having previously starred as Zerlina in our Don Giovanni in 2019, Mireille returns as La Folie in the lead soprano role opposite Samuel Boden.

With a beautiful rendition of the familiar masterpiece, here is Mireille singing Purcell’s Music for a While with Lucas Harris playing the lute.

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