August 31 2014

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Coco and Karl: The Opera


Karl Lagerfeld Opera

We’ve always revered the house of Chanel on a borderline-religious level, but director Robert Carsen took Coco and Karl’s divinity-like qualities a bit more literally. In Carsen’s new adaptation of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s famous comic opera Platée, a Karl look-alike (think white ponytail, slim black suit, leather pants, and fluffy pet cat) plays the devious Jupiter, and a woman in tweed—a riff on Coco—plays Juno, his jealous wife.

According to WWD, the satire dates back to the 18th century and was inspired by the marriage of Louis, Dauphin of France, and Infanta Maria Teresa of Spain, who was evidently no beauty queen. To quell Juno’s raging jealousy, Jupiter descends to Earth (on the famous mirrored staircase from Chanel HQ, to boot) and pretends to flirt with Platée, an ugly water nymph. Initially outraged, Juno realizes Jupiter would never fall for Platée—who truly believes Jupiter loves her. Jupiter and Juno reconcile and return to Olympus, leaving lowly Platée on Earth to despair in her misfortune.

While we can’t imagine Coco and Karl could ever be so cruel (or could they?), we wouldn’t mind seeing their wicked antics onstage. The Franco-Austrian production premiered in Vienna last week, is running in Paris through Sunday, and will come to New York’s Lincoln Center on April 2.

Photo: Monika Rittershaus via WWD