Coco Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld Inspire Comic Opera

Jean-Philippe Rameau's famous 18th century Platée gets a modern adaptation à la Chanel

By Andrea Tim | Published: 28 Mar 2014

Chanel Opera
Photo: Marsaili McGrath/Getty Images

Descending from the heavens, the king of gods, Jupiter sports a white ponytail, sunglasses, fingerless gloves, and a black suit. His wife, Juno wears tweed. Sound familiar?

We would have given the fashion-savvy one guess had we not spilled the names in the headline.

Yup, Canadian director Robert Carsen's 2014 adaptation of the famous comic opera Platée by Jean-Philippe Rameau has House of Chanel written – or worn – all over it. Jupiter and Juno have been characterised to look like Karl Lagerfeld and Coco Chanel respectively, both inimitable in their own ways.

The plot concerns Platée, an ugly water nymph who thinks that Jupiter is in love with her. Unfortunately Jupiter is only using her in an attempt to cure his wife Juno of her jealousy.

The Franco-Austrian production, showing in Paris on 27 and 30 March, premiered in Vienna last week and will also show as a concert in New York on 2 April. If you've ever dreamed of a Karl-Coco operatic duet, this is the opera you've been waiting for.


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