A FOLLY OF VANITY
The vain Platée thinks every man who comes near her will instantly fall in love—and once she's convinced the god Jupiter has fallen victim to her charms, her narcissism grows to Olympus-sized proportions! Rameau's French Baroque masterpiece features tenor Taylor Stayton (pictured above) who offers up Hollywood glamour and feminine allure in this cheeky adult comedy.
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 Scott Conner and mezzo Zoie Reams return to sing role debuts as Jupiter and Juno, respectively. Soprano Elizabeth Sutphen makes her DMMO and role debut as La Folie, tenor Jonas Hacker makes his debut as Mercury, baritone Alexander Birch Elliott returns to sing Momus, and bass Alex Rosen and baritone Benjamin Taylor make their DMMO debuts as Citheron and Satyre, respectively.