LA Opera to Give Ghosts of Versailles its West Coast Debut

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 05:00 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The LA Opera will present the West Coast premiere of John Corigliano's "The Ghosts of Versailles" during its 2014-15 season as part of a "Figaro Trilogy."

Corigliano's 1991 opera opens on Feb. 7, 2015, and stars Patti LuPone as the Turkish entertainer Samira and Patricia Racette, the LA Opera said Tuesday.

The trilogy of operas based on Beaumarchais plays also includes performances of Rossini's "Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)" with Rodion Pogossov in the title role starting Feb. 28 and Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)" with Pretty Yende as Susanna opening March 21.

The season opens Sept. 13 with LA Opera general director Placido Domingo starring as Giorgio Germont in Verdi's "La Traviata" as part of a cast that includes Nino Machaidze as Violetta. A double bill of Purcell's "Dido and Aeneas" and Bartok's "Bluebeard's Castle" starts Oct. 25, followed by Daniel Catan's "Florencia en el Amazonas" opening Nov. 22.

Below: The quartet "Come Now, My Darling" from John Corigliano's opera "The Ghosts of Versailles" from the telecast of January 10, 1992. Renée Fleming is Rosina, Stella Zambalis is Cherubino, Teresa Stratas is Marie Antoinette, Häkan Hagegärd is Beaumarchais

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Comments [2]

Robert St.Onge from Cochiti Lake,NM

I was at the world premiere of "The Ghosts of Versailles". What a night! I was able to attend three performances during that initial run, fortunately so as I moved to New Mexico soon afterwards. I have gone to LA many times to attend the opera and will definitely go to see "Ghosts". Patricia Racette as Marie Antoinette is so right as to seem almost inevitable. Are you listening, Mr. Gelb?????

Jan. 15 2014 11:49 AM
Alan Fletcher from Aspen CO

The three work wonderfully together; Aspen gave the trilogy in 2010, when we co-commissioned the new orchestra version of GHOSTS; Corigliano was thrilled with Ed Berkeley's production, conducted by Michael Christie.

Jan. 15 2014 10:09 AM

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