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John Corigliano & William M. Hoffman: The Ghosts of Versailles / Victoria Livengood, Kristinn Sigmundsson, Scott Scully, So Young Park. LA Opera, James Conlon

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  1. John Corigliano — The Ghosts of Versailles, Act I: All-powerful Queen of Beauty and Ruler of My Willing Heart (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  2. John Corigliano — The Ghosts of Versailles, Act I: They Are Always with Me, the Unbounded Waiting, the Odor of Blood on Steel, the Terrible Sound (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  3. John Corigliano — The Ghosts of Versailles, Act I: My Wife Was Always Hard to Please (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  4. John Corigliano — The Ghosts of Versailles, Act I: Oh No. Here We Go Again! (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  5. John Corigliano — The Ghosts of Versailles, Act I: They Wish They Could Kill Me (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  6. John Corigliano — The Ghosts of Versailles, Act I: Bravo, Beaumarchais! Brilliant! (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  7. John Corigliano — The Ghosts of Versailles, Act I: And with the One Million Pounds, Grant Her Majesty a Safe Refuge in the New World (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  8. John Corigliano — The Ghosts of Versailles, Act I: Fool! Idiot! Moron! You Forgot Where Almaviva Plans to Sell the Jewels? (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  9. John Corigliano — The Ghosts of Versailles, Act I: Oh, the Lion May Roar and the Eagle May Soar (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  10. John Corigliano — The Ghosts of Versailles, Act I: I Remember, Master, I Remember! (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  11. John Corigliano — The Ghosts of Versailles, Act I: Poor Florestine, I Pity Her (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  12. John Corigliano — The Ghosts of Versailles, Act I: Now We Go Back in Time (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  13. John Corigliano — The Ghosts of Versailles, Act I: Look at the Green Here in the Glade (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  14. John Corigliano — The Ghosts of Versailles, Act I: Selam├╝naleyk├╝m (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  15. John Corigliano — The Ghosts of Versailles, Act I: His Excellency, the English Ambassador (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  16. John Corigliano — The Ghosts of Versailles, Act I: I Am in a Valley and You Are in a Valley (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  17. John Corigliano — The Ghosts of Versailles, Act I: Ya Omri. Limatha Hajartani? (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  18. John Corigliano — The Ghosts of Versailles, Act I: Tafaddaloo Marhabun Bikoom (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  19. John Corigliano — The Ghosts of Versailles, Act II: Watch. Now Figaro Comes Back (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  20. John Corigliano — The Ghosts of Versailles, Act II: Wait! Figaro Was Supposed to Return the Necklace (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  21. John Corigliano — The Ghosts of Versailles, Act II: As Summer Brings a Wistful Breeze (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  22. John Corigliano — The Ghosts of Versailles, Act II: And Now I Must Go (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  23. John Corigliano — The Ghosts of Versailles, Act II: What Is Happening? (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  24. John Corigliano — The Ghosts of Versailles, Act II: Antoinette, We Want Your Head! (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  25. John Corigliano — The Ghosts of Versailles, Act II: Marie Antoinette of Lorraine and Austria (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  26. John Corigliano — The Ghosts of Versailles, Act II: Welcome, Madeleine, Welcome (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  27. John Corigliano — The Ghosts of Versailles, Act II: Remember the Chestnut Trees in the Gardens of the Tuileries? (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  28. John Corigliano — The Ghosts of Versailles, Act II: Interlude (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  29. John Corigliano — The Ghosts of Versailles, Act II: I Am Very Well, My Dear Marquis (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  30. John Corigliano — The Ghosts of Versailles, Act II: O God of Love, O Lord of Light (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  31. John Corigliano — The Ghosts of Versailles, Act II: We Are Finished (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  32. John Corigliano — The Ghosts of Versailles, Act II: Look, Her Breathing Is Diminished (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  33. John Corigliano — The Ghosts of Versailles, Act II: Goodbye, Figaro. Goodbye, Beaumarchais (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  34. John Corigliano — The Ghosts of Versailles, Act II: No., Beaumarchais. It Is as It Should Have Been. Once There Was a Golden Bird (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  35. John Corigliano — The Ghosts of Versailles, Act II: Come, Antonia (Live) $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Corigliano, John : Ghosts of Versailles, opera
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera to celebrate its 100th anniversary, John Corigliano's The Ghost of Versailles received its premiere at the Met in 1991, twelve years after it had been commissioned and eight years past the centennial season for which it had first been envisioned. Nonetheless, it was an instant success. Because of the unique situation, a large cast and extravagant orchestral forces were made available, but aside from that specific context, both John Corigliano and librettist William Hoffman conceived of Ghosts as a work of music theater that celebrates and even takes as one of its principal themes the artistic power of opera: it puts into use lavish operatic resources precisely to introduce a contemporary audience to grand opera. More particularly, a "grand opera buffa" is what John Corigliano decided to create, to combine his love for opera buffa, with the requirements of a grand opera house, which is the Met. The success of Ghosts resulted in many performances throughout the North-American continent in the 25 years to follow, one of which took place in February 2015 at the LA Opera, to great critical acclaim.

BBC Music Magazine, July 2016
Christopher Maltman [is] solidly incisive as Beaumarchais, Robert Brubaker [is] vigorous as the villain BTgearss, and Broadway's Patti LuPone [is] in for a colourful bit as the Turkish singer Samira. The biggest star remains the music itself. Listening to the ensemble numbers, all floating beauties, sparklingly orchestrated, you can only hope for a second Corigliano opera.

Gramophone Magazine, June 2016
The LA Opera production is well cast, with strong contributions from soprano Patricia Racette, who is a dramatically effective... Marie Antoinette, Christopher Maltman as Beaumarchais, Lucas Meachem as Figaro and an effectively nasal and histrionic Patti LuPone in the small role of Samira.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Los Angeles Music Cent (02/2015/03/2015).



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>Corigliano, John : Ghosts of Versailles, opera
  • Performers: Frederick Ballentine; Vanessa Becerra; Lacey Benter; Patrick Blackwell (Voice); Summer Hassan; Victoria Livengood (Mezzo Soprano); So Park; Scott Scully (Tenor); Kristinn Sigmundsson (Voice); Peabody Southwell
  • Conductor: James Conlon
  • Ensemble: LA Opera
  • Notes: Composition written: 1991.
  • Running Time: 7 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1991
  • Studio/Live: Live