The Ghosts of Versailles
Composer: John Corigliano
Librettist: William M. Hoffman
Other Artistic Personnel: James Levine (conductor)
Colin Graham (stage director)
John Conklin (scenic and costume designer)
Original Cast: Teresa Stratas: Marie Antoinette
Håkan Hagegård: Beaumarchais
Gino Quilico: Figaro
Judith Christin: Susanna
Renée Fleming: Rosina
Graham Clark: Bégearss
Peter Kazaras: Count Almaviva
Tracy Dahl: Florestine
Neil Rosenshein: Léon
Marilyn Horne: Samira
James Courtney: Louis XVI
Jane Shaulis: Woman in a Hat
Stella Zambalis: Cherubino
Ara Berberian: Suleyman Pasha
Kevin Short: Joseph
Work Web Site: http://www.schirmer.com/default.aspx?TabId=2420&State_2874=2&workId_2874=26985
Premiere Date: December 19, 1991
Producing Company: Metropolitan Opera
Description: The ghost of the playwright Beaumarchais, author of The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro, has fallen madly in love with the host of the executed Queen Marie Antoinette, who after two centuries still grieves for her lost life. Although Beaumarchais' love is unrequited, he offers to cure the queen's melancholy through a performance of his new opera, which features the latest exploits of Figaro and the Almaviva family, who attempt to change history and save the queen from death in the French Revolution. The other ghosts at Versailles warn Beaumarchais that this will endanger his soul, but he wishes only Marie Antoinette's happiness. Through Beaumarchais' willingness to sacrifice himself during a performance of his opera, Marie Antoinette realizes the depth of his love for her and learns to love him. Just as Beaumarchais is about to succeed in saving Marie Antoinette, she rejects salvation and allows history to continue as it was. The two are joined for eternity.
Character List (Major): FLORESTINE (lyr or color s)
MARIE ANTOINETTE (lyr or lirico-spinto s)
ROSINA (lyr s)
SUSANNA (mz)
SAMIRA (mz)
ALMAVIVA (lyr t)
LÉON (lyr t)
PATRICK HONORÉ BEGÉARSS (dram t)
BEAUMARCHAIS (high lyr bar)
FIGARO (lyr bar)
Character List (Minor): CHERUBINO (high lyr mz)
DUCHESS/WOMAN WITH HAT (lyr mz)
BRITISH AMBASSADOR (bar)
SULEYMAN PASHA (basso profundo)
Bit Parts: Pursuers of Figaro, Turkish duelists, page, dancing and harem girls, ""rheita"" players, acrobats, revolutionary guards, revolutionary women, courtiers, dancers, prison guards, prisoners, soldiers
Length: 02:30
Total Acts: 2
Chorus: 18 min, including 4 solo: 2Ms, 1T, 1B
Orchestration: 3 fl(pic), 3 ob(ca), 3 cl(Ebcl:bcl), 3 bsn(cbn) - 4 hrn, 4 tpt, 3 tbn, 1 tba - timp, 4 perc - hp, pf(cel), syn - str

alt.: 2 fl(pic), 2 ob(ca), 2 cl(bcl:ebcl), 2 bsn(cbn) - 2 hrn, 2 tpt, 2 tbn - timp, 2[=3]perc - hp, pf(cel), syn - str (min 6 vln1, 6 vln2, 4 vla, 4 vc, 3 db)
Contact: G. Schirmer, Inc.
Address: 257 Park Avenue South, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10010
E-mail Address: pm@schirmer.com
Phone: 212-254-2100
Composer Web Site: http://www.schirmer.com/default.aspx?TabId=2419&State_2872=2&composerId_2872=290
Publisher Web Site: http://www.schirmer.com
Schedule of Performances Listings
The Ghosts of Versailles (Corigliano)
Saturday, February 7, 2015 - Los Angeles Opera
The Ghosts of Versailles (Corigliano)
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater
The Ghosts of Versailles (Corigliano)
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 - Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
The Ghosts of Versailles (Corigliano)
Friday, April 17, 1998 - Moores Opera Center
The Ghosts of Versailles (Corigliano)
Saturday, October 14, 1995 - Lyric Opera of Chicago
The Ghosts of Versailles (Corigliano)
Monday, April 3, 1995 - Metropolitan Opera
The Ghosts of Versailles (Corigliano)
Thursday, December 19, 1991 - Metropolitan Opera
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