Robert Carsen rocks the baroque by setting his new production of Rameau’s Platée at 31 Rue Cambon, birthplace of the Chanel fashion empire. Tweed-suited Juno, queen of the gods, is a double for Coco Chanel herself. Husband Jupiter is a Karl Lagerfeld lookalike with white ponytail and dark glasses.
Bass-baritone Edwin Crossley-Mercer must have got the shock of his life at the Opéra Comique last night when the real Karl turned up to pay tribute. Lagerfeld, a big opera fan, has designed costumes in the past. Bet none of them looked quite like that one.