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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

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