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John Corigliano - The Ghosts of Versailles

Release date: 01 Mar 2016, 5186538

Artists

William M. Hoffmann, LA Opera Chorus, LA Opera Orchestra, James Conlon

Composers

John Corigliano

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Opera

Period

Contemporary

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John Corigliano: Act I 80:43   $
Mon coursier hors d'haleine 07:11   $
All-powerful Queen of Beauty and ruler of my willing heart 01:44   $
They are always with me: the unbounded waiting, the odor of blood on steel, the terrible sound 08:09   $
My wife was always hard to please 02:17   $
Oh no. Here we go again!! 01:39   $
They wish they could kill me 08:43   $
Bravo, Beaumarchais! Brilliant! - Then why are you weeping, your Majesty? 02:12   $
Magic! It is Paris, the autumn of '93 02:52   $
And with the one million pounds, grant Her Majesty a safe refuge in the New World 03:51   $
Fool! Idiot! Moron! You forgot where Almaviva plans to sell the jewels? 01:12   $
I can't wait to betray Almaviva 02:20   $
Oh, the lion may roar and the eagle may soar. 03:58   $
I remember, Master, I remember! 01:18   $
Poor Florestine, I pity her. 01:59   $
New Scene: Rosina's boudoir. They say New York is a lively town 02:09   $
Now we go back in time - 'Cherubino, Cherubino' 00:48   $
Look at the green here in the glade 07:33   $
No. I've had enough. I see what?s happening here 02:26   $
Selamünaleyküm (Welcome!) 04:02   $
His Excellency, the English Ambassador 02:36   $
I am in a valley and you are in a valley 03:37   $
Ya omri. Limatha hajartani? 03:00   $
Tafaddaloo marhabun bikoom - Shall we? 05:07   $
 

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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.

Conducted by James Conlon, the production was recorded live by the renowned Soundmirror recording company and will now be released on a splendid 2-SACD album as part of Pentatone’s newly launched American Opera Series.

“The artists of Los Angeles Opera’s 2014 production made as compelling a case for The Ghosts of Versailles as I heard on its first night at the MET in 1991. To have that performance preserved in a recording of this quality is, for this composer, a dream come true.” - John Corigliano

John Corigliano - The Ghosts of Versailles

Category Opera

Period Contemporary

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