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News Update: The Ghosts of Versailles

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Figaro Unbound 2015

LA Opera Presents West Coast Premiere
of The Ghosts of Versailles

 Opera stars Patricia Racette and Christopher Maltman
are joined by Broadway legend Patti LuPone
in John Corigliano's epic work, conducted by James Conlon


(Los Angeles) December 18, 2014 — Nearly a quarter-century after its world premiere at the Metropolitan Opera, the monumental "grand opera buffa" The Ghosts of Versailles, by composer John Corigliano and librettist William M. Hoffman, will receive its long awaited west coast premiere in a new production directed by 2014 Tony Award winner Darko Tresnjak. LA Opera Music Director James Conlon will conduct performances featuring the work's original orchestrations, heard for the first time since the opera's 1999 European premiere.

The Ghosts of Versailles will have six performances from February 7 through March 1, 2015, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles CA 90012).

About the Cast
With 41 soloists, The Ghosts of Versailles features the largest cast ever assembled in LA Opera's history. Soprano Patricia Racette returns in the leading role of Marie Antoinette, with Broadway legend Patti LuPone as the entertainer Samira, who makes a notable appearance in a pivotal scene set at the Turkish Embassy in Paris. The cast also includes baritone Christopher Maltman as Beamarchais and baritone Lucas Meachem as Figaro.

About the Opera
The Ghosts of Versailles is a love story set in the afterlife. The ghost of the French playwright Pierre Beaumarchais has fallen in love with the ghost of Marie Antoinette. He hopes to impress her with a new opera that shows his most famous literary creation—Figaro, the wily barber from Seville—20 years after the events depicted in his comedies The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro. The opera-within-the-opera that he conjures up for the queen incorporates many plot elements from The Guilty Mother, the last and least known of Beaumarchais' three Figaro plays.

The Ghosts of Versailles is part of LA Opera's 2015 Figaro Trilogy along with The Barber of Seville by Rossini and The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart. It is also a highlight of LA Opera's Figaro Unbound celebration, which explores the lasting legacy of Beaumarchais and his influential protagonist, Figaro.

About the Creative Team
The director of The Ghosts of Versailles, Darko Tresnjak, won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical for A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder. The Ghosts of Versailles will reunite Mr. Tresnjak with four members of his creative team for that musical, including scenery designer Alexander Dodge, costume designer Linda Cho (who won a Tony Award for her work in A Gentleman's Guide), projection designer Aaron Rhyne and choreographer Peggy Hickey. In addition, the lighting will be designed by York Kennedy and the chorus director will be Grant Gershon.

For additional information, click here.

Performance Dates and Times
There will be six performances of The Ghosts of Versailles at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, located at 135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90012:

•    Saturday, February 7, 2015, at 7:30pm
•    Sunday, February 15, at 2:00pm
•    Wednesday, February 18, at 7:30pm
•    Saturday, February 21, at 7:30pm
•    Thursday, February 26, at 7:30pm
•    Sunday, March 1, at 2:00pm

Tickets are on sale now. Tickets start at $17 and can be purchased in person at the LA Opera Box Office at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, by phone at 213.972.8001 or online at LAOpera.org. For disability access, call 213.972.0777 or email LAOpera@LAOpera.org.

To download scenery and costume designs and artist photographs, click here.

The Ghosts of Versailles is performed in English, with simultaneous English texts projected over the stage.

Production made possible in part by a generous gift from the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.

Additional support from The Blue Ribbon and National Endowment for the Arts.

LA Opera Media Contacts:
Gary Murphy, Director of Communications and Public Relations
gmurphy@laopera.org | 213.972.7554

Shannita Williams, Associate Director of Communications, Social Media
shannita@laopera.org | 213.972.7347


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