Karl Lagerfeld might be the emperor of everything fashion—he’s the head of three major houses, shoots his own campaigns, creates editorials for the biggest international publications, has a cat that’s more fabulous than Beyonce and he is pretty much the dictator of everything cool—but he’s never starred in an opera. Until now (almost).
Last week, Canadian opera director Robert Carsen premiered his interpretation of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s satirical opera Platée starring the dopplegängers of Karl Lagerfeld and Mademoiselle Chanel as the main characters.
The opera revolves around the queen of the moors, Platée the water nymph, who is the victim of a cruel plot contrived by Jupiter (Lagerfeld) to castigate the jealousy of his wife Juno (Coco Chanel) with the help from Olympus and the raging elements.
As the show moved from Vienna to Paris’s Opera Comique where it will play through Sunday, it’s broadcasted tomorrow on Mezzo TV before it travels as a concert version to New York City’s Lincoln Center on April, 2.
All photos courtesy of Monika Rittershaus.