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John Corigliano & William M. Hoffman: The Ghosts of Versailles (Live)

LA Opera, James Conlon

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The Ghosts of Versailles  
1.1
Act I: Prologue: Mon coursier hors d'haleine (Woman with Hat, Louis XVI, Marquis, Gossips, Aristocrats)
John Corigliano; William M. Hoffman; Victoria Livengood; Kristinn Sigmundsson; Scott Scully; Young Park So; Vanessa Becerra; Peabody Southwell; Summer Hassan; Lacey Jo Benter; Frederick Ballentine; Patrick Blackwell; Los Angeles Opera Orchestra; James Conlon
7:11
1.2
Act I: All-powerful Queen of Beauty and ruler of my willing heart (Beaumarchais, Marie Antoinette)
John Corigliano; William M. Hoffman; Christopher Maltman; Patricia Racette; Los Angeles Opera Orchestra; James Conlon
1:44
1.3
Act I: Aria: They are always with me: the unbounded waiting, the odor of blood on steel, the terrible sound (Marie Antoinette)
John Corigliano; William M. Hoffman; Patricia Racette; Los Angeles Opera Orchestra; James Conlon
8:09
1.4
Act I: My wife was always hard to please (Louis XVI, Aristocrats, Woman with Hat, Marquis, Gossips, Beaumarchais)
John Corigliano; William M. Hoffman; Kristinn Sigmundsson; Summer Hassan; Lacey Jo Benter; Frederick Ballentine; Patrick Blackwell; Victoria Livengood; Scott Scully; Young Park So; Vanessa Becerra; Peabody Southwell; Christopher Maltman; Los Angeles Opera Orchestra; James Conlon
2:17
1.5
Act I: Oh no. Here we go again!! (Chorus, Figaro, Susanna, Almaviva, Aristocrats)
John Corigliano; William M. Hoffman; Lucas Meachem; Lucy Schaufer; Joshua Guerrero; Summer Hassan; Lacey Jo Benter; Frederick Ballentine; Patrick Blackwell; Los Angeles Opera Chorus; Los Angeles Opera Orchestra; James Conlon
1:39
1.6
Act I: Prologue: They wish they could kill me (Figaro, Marie Antoinette, Woman with Hat, Aristocrats)
John Corigliano; William M. Hoffman; Lucas Meachem; Patricia Racette; Victoria Livengood; Summer Hassan; Lacey Jo Benter; Frederick Ballentine; Patrick Blackwell; Los Angeles Opera Orchestra; James Conlon
8:43
1.7
Act I: Bravo, Beaumarchais! Brilliant! - Then why are you weeping, your Majesty? (Louis XVI, Beaumarchais, Marie Antoinette, Aristocrats)
John Corigliano; William M. Hoffman; Kristinn Sigmundsson; Christopher Maltman; Patricia Racette; Lacey Jo Benter; Frederick Ballentine; Patrick Blackwell; Los Angeles Opera Orchestra; James Conlon
2:12
1.8
Act I: Magic! It is Paris, the autumn of '93 (Beaumarchais, Marie Antoinette, Louis XVI, Almaviva)
John Corigliano; William M. Hoffman; Christopher Maltman; Patricia Racette; Kristinn Sigmundsson; Joshua Guerrero; Los Angeles Opera Orchestra; James Conlon
2:52
1.9
Act I: And with the one million pounds, grant Her Majesty a safe refuge in the New World (Almaviva, Figaro, Susanna, Louis XVI, Wilhelm)
John Corigliano; William M. Hoffman; Joshua Guerrero; Lucas Meachem; Lucy Schaufer; Kristinn Sigmundsson; Joel Sorensen; Los Angeles Opera Orchestra; James Conlon
3:51
1.10
Act I: Fool! Idiot! Moron! You forgot where Almaviva plans to sell the jewels? (Begearss, Wilhelm, Aristocrats, Marie Antoinette)
John Corigliano; William M. Hoffman; Robert Brubaker; Joel Sorensen; Summer Hassan; Lacey Jo Benter; Frederick Ballentine; Patrick Blackwell; Patricia Racette; Los Angeles Opera Orchestra; James Conlon
1:12
1.11
Act I: Recitative: I can't wait to betray Almaviva (Begearss, Florestine)
John Corigliano; William M. Hoffman; Robert Brubaker; Stacey Tappan; Los Angeles Opera Orchestra; James Conlon
2:20
1.12
Act I: Aria: Oh, the lion may roar and the eagle may soar. (Begearss)
John Corigliano; William M. Hoffman; Robert Brubaker; Los Angeles Opera Orchestra; James Conlon
3:58
1.13
Act I: I remember, Master, I remember! (Wilhelm, Begearss, Susanna, Figaro, Aristocrats, Woman with Hat)
John Corigliano; William M. Hoffman; Joel Sorensen; Robert Brubaker; Lucy Schaufer; Lucas Meachem; Summer Hassan; Lacey Jo Benter; Frederick Ballentine; Patrick Blackwell; Victoria Livengood; Los Angeles Opera Orchestra; James Conlon
1:18
1.14
Act I: Poor Florestine, I pity her. (Marie Antoinette, Beaumarchais, Louis XVI, Aristocrats)
John Corigliano; William M. Hoffman; Patricia Racette; Christopher Maltman; Kristinn Sigmundsson; Summer Hassan; Lacey Jo Benter; Frederick Ballentine; Patrick Blackwell; Los Angeles Opera Orchestra; James Conlon
1:59
1.15
Act I: New Scene: Rosina's boudoir. They say New York is a lively town (Beaumarchais, Louis XVI, Begearss, Rosina, Almaviva)
John Corigliano; William M. Hoffman; Christopher Maltman; Kristinn Sigmundsson; Robert Brubaker; Guanqun Yu; Joshua Guerrero; Los Angeles Opera Orchestra; James Conlon
2:09
1.16
Act I: Now we go back in time - Cherubino, Cherubino (Rosina, Beaumarchais, Cherubino)
John Corigliano; William M. Hoffman; Guanqun Yu; Christopher Maltman; Renée Rapier; Los Angeles Opera Orchestra; James Conlon
0:48
1.17
Act I: Duet: Look at the green here in the glade (Beaumarchais, Rosina, Cherubino, Marie Antoinette, Louis XVI)
John Corigliano; William M. Hoffman; Christopher Maltman; Guanqun Yu; Renée Rapier; Patricia Racette; Kristinn Sigmundsson; Los Angeles Opera Orchestra; James Conlon
7:33
1.18
Act I: No. I've had enough. I see what's happening here (Louis XVI, Beaumarchais, Woman with Hat, Aristocrats, Marie Antoinette, Marquis, Chorus)
John Corigliano; William M. Hoffman; Kristinn Sigmundsson; Christopher Maltman; Victoria Livengood; Summer Hassan; Lacey Jo Benter; Frederick Ballentine; Patrick Blackwell; Patricia Racette; Scott Scully; Los Angeles Opera Chorus; Los Angeles Opera Orchestra; James Conlon
2:26
1.19
Act I: Finale: Selamunaleykum, (Welcome!) (Pasha, Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, Leon, Florestine, Almaviva, Rosina, Susanna, Marquis, Beaumarchais, Begearss)
John Corigliano; William M. Hoffman; Philip Cokorinos; Kristinn Sigmundsson; Patricia Racette; Brenton Ryan; Stacey Tappan; Joshua Guerrero; Guanqun Yu; Lucy Schaufer; Scott Scully; Christopher Maltman; Robert Brubaker; Los Angeles Opera Orchestra; James Conlon
4:02
1.20
Act I: Finale: His Excellency, the English Ambassador (Page, English Ambassador, Almaviva, Pasha)
John Corigliano; William M. Hoffman; Museop Kim; Joshua Guerrero; Philip Cokorinos; Gregory Geiger; Los Angeles Opera Orchestra; James Conlon
2:36
1.21
Act I: Finale: I am in a valley and you are in a valley (Samira, Pasha)
John Corigliano; William M. Hoffman; Patti LuPone; Philip Cokorinos; Los Angeles Opera Orchestra; James Conlon
3:37
1.22
Act I: Finale: Ya omri. Limatha hajartani? (Samira, Figaro, Chorus)
John Corigliano; William M. Hoffman; Patti LuPone; Lucas Meachem; Los Angeles Opera Chorus; Los Angeles Opera Orchestra; James Conlon
3:00
1.23
Act I: Finale: Tafaddaloo marhabun bikoom - Shall we? (Figaro, Chorus, Almaviva, English Ambassador, Begearss, Wilhelm, Marie Antoinette, Aristocrats, Florestine, Rosina, Susanna)
John Corigliano; William M. Hoffman; Lucas Meachem; Joshua Guerrero; Museop Kim; Robert Brubaker; Joel Sorensen; Patricia Racette; Summer Hassan; Lacey Jo Benter; Frederick Ballentine; Patrick Blackwell; Stacey Tappan; Guanqun Yu; Lucy Schaufer; Los Angeles Opera Chorus; Los Angeles Opera Or
5:07
2.1
Act II: Hurry, hurry… It's late! The second act is beginning! (Beaumarchais, Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, Almaviva, Marquis, Susanna, Florestine, Woman with Hat, Rosina)
John Corigliano; William M. Hoffman; Christopher Maltman; Kristinn Sigmundsson; Patricia Racette; Joshua Guerrero; Scott Scully; Lucy Schaufer; Stacey Tappan; Victoria Livengood; Los Angeles Opera Orchestra; James Conlon
3:01
2.2
Act II: Watch. Now Figaro comes back (Beaumarchais, Louis XVI, Almaviva, Susanna, Figaro, Marie Antoinette, Florestine, Rosina, Woman with Hat, Marquis)
John Corigliano; William M. Hoffman; Christopher Maltman; Kristinn Sigmundsson; Joshua Guerrero; Lucy Schaufer; Lucas Meachem; Patricia Racette; Stacey Tappan; Guanqun Yu; Victoria Livengood; Scott Scully; Los Angeles Opera Orchestra; James Conlon
2:21
2.3
Act II: Wait!… Figaro was supposed to return the necklace (Beaumarchais, Marie Antoinette, Louis XVI, Woman with Hat, Marquis
John Corigliano; William M. Hoffman; Christopher Maltman; Patricia Racette; Kristinn Sigmundsson; Victoria Livengood; Scott Scully; Los Angeles Opera Orchestra; James Conlon
5:12
2.4
Act II: Damn that Figaro. He's your husband (Almaviva, Marquis, Susanna, Woman with Hat, Marie Antoinette, Florestine, Rosina)
John Corigliano; William M. Hoffman; Joshua Guerrero; Scott Scully; Lucy Schaufer; Victoria Livengood; Patricia Racette; Stacey Tappan; Guanqun Yu; Los Angeles Opera Orchestra; James Conlon
1:36
2.5
Act II: Duet: As summer brings a wistful breeze (Susanna, Rosina, Marie Antoinette, Leon)
John Corigliano; William M. Hoffman; Lucy Schaufer; Guanqun Yu; Patricia Racette; Brenton Ryan; Los Angeles Opera Orchestra; James Conlon
3:05
2.6
Act II: And now I must go - Bless you, Madam, bless you (Rosina, Susanna, Figaro, Beaumarchais, Marie Antoinette)
John Corigliano; William M. Hoffman; Guanqun Yu; Lucy Schaufer; Lucas Meachem; Christopher Maltman; Patricia Racette; Los Angeles Opera Orchestra; James Conlon
1:24
2.7
Act II: What is happening? (Susanna, Marie Antoinette, Figaro, Chorus)
John Corigliano; William M. Hoffman; Lucy Schaufer; Patricia Racette; Lucas Meachem; Los Angeles Opera Chorus; Los Angeles Opera Orchestra; James Conlon
1:55
2.8
Act II: Antoinette, we want your head! - Order! Order! (Chorus, Beaumarchais)
John Corigliano; William M. Hoffman; Christopher Maltman; Los Angeles Opera Chorus; Los Angeles Opera Orchestra; James Conlon
0:54
2.9
Act II: Marie Antoinette of Lorraine and Austria (Marie Antoinette, Chorus, Beaumarchais, Figaro)
John Corigliano; William M. Hoffman; Patricia Racette; Christopher Maltman; Lucas Meachem; Los Angeles Opera Chorus; Los Angeles Opera Orchestra; James Conlon
6:38
2.10
Act II: Monarchy. Revolution. It's all the same to me - Women of Paris, listen! (Begearss, Chorus)
John Corigliano; William M. Hoffman; Robert Brubaker; Los Angeles Opera Chorus; Los Angeles Opera Orchestra; James Conlon
5:46
2.11
Act II: Welcome, Madeleine, welcome (Rosina, Aristocrats, Almaviva, Florestine, Bishop, Leon)
John Corigliano; William M. Hoffman; Guanqun Yu; Summer Hassan; Lacey Jo Benter; Frederick Ballentine; Stacey Tappan; Patrick Blackwell; Joshua Guerrero; Omar Crook; Brenton Ryan; Los Angeles Opera Orchestra; James Conlon
3:09
2.12
Act II: Quartet: Remember the chestnut trees in the gardens of the Tuileries? (Leon, Florestine, Almaviva, Rosina)
John Corigliano; William M. Hoffman; Brenton Ryan; Stacey Tappan; Joshua Guerrero; Guanqun Yu; Los Angeles Opera Orchestra; James Conlon
3:03
2.13
Act II: I hope I'm not too late for your party (Begearss, Almaviva, Aristocrats, Rosina, Leon, Florestine, Chorus, Figaro, Beaumarchais, Marie Antoinette, Louis XVI, Wilhelm, Susanna)
John Corigliano; William M. Hoffman; Robert Brubaker; Joshua Guerrero; Summer Hassan; Lacey Jo Benter; Frederick Ballentine; Patrick Blackwell; Guanqun Yu; Brenton Ryan; Stacey Tappan; Lucas Meachem; Christopher Maltman; Patricia Racette; Kristinn Sigmundsson; Joel Sorensen; Lucy Schaufer; L
5:20
2.14
Act II: Interlude
John Corigliano; Los Angeles Opera Orchestra; James Conlon
3:01
2.15
Act II: I am very well, my dear Marquis (Duchess, Aristocrats, Marquis, Wilhelm, Chorus, Rosina, Florestine, Susanna, Leon, Almaviva)
John Corigliano; William M. Hoffman; Victoria Livengood; Summer Hassan; Lacey Jo Benter; Frederick Ballentine; Patrick Blackwell; Scott Scully; Joel Sorensen; Guanqun Yu; Stacey Tappan; Lucy Schaufer; Brenton Ryan; Joshua Guerrero; Los Angeles Opera Chorus; Los Angeles Opera Orchestra; James
4:05
2.16
Act II: Quintet: O God of love, O Lord of light (Almaviva, Rosina, Florestine, Leon, Susanna, Marie Antoinette)
John Corigliano; William M. Hoffman; Joshua Guerrero; Guanqun Yu; Stacey Tappan; Brenton Ryan; Lucy Schaufer; Patricia Racette; Los Angeles Opera Orchestra; James Conlon
7:06
2.17
Act II: We are finished - Farewell, my faithful friend (Susanna, Rosina, Florestine, Leon, Almaviva, Figaro, Duchess, Beaumarchais, Wilhelm)
John Corigliano; William M. Hoffman; Lucy Schaufer; Guanqun Yu; Stacey Tappan; Brenton Ryan; Joshua Guerrero; Lucas Meachem; Victoria Livengood; Christopher Maltman; Joel Sorensen; Los Angeles Opera Orchestra; James Conlon
3:09
2.18
Act II: Look, her breathing is diminished (Florestine, Rosina, Almaviva, Beaumarchais, Figaro, Leon, Wilhelm, Susanna, Begearss, Duchess, Chorus)
John Corigliano; William M. Hoffman; Stacey Tappan; Guanqun Yu; Joshua Guerrero; Christopher Maltman; Lucas Meachem; Brenton Ryan; Joel Sorensen; Lucy Schaufer; Robert Brubaker; Victoria Livengood; Los Angeles Opera Chorus; Los Angeles Opera Orchestra; James Conlon
3:12
2.19
Act II: Goodbye, Figaro. Goodbye, Beaumarchais (Beaumarchais, Marie Antoinette)
John Corigliano; William M. Hoffman; Christopher Maltman; Patricia Racette; Los Angeles Opera Orchestra; James Conlon
1:59
2.20
Act II: Aria : No, Beaumarchais. It is as it should have been. Once there was a golden bird (Marie Antoinette, Beaumarchais)
John Corigliano; William M. Hoffman; Patricia Racette; Christopher Maltman; Los Angeles Opera Orchestra; James Conlon
5:01
2.21
Act II: Come, Antonia (Beaumarchais, Chorus)
John Corigliano; William M. Hoffman; Christopher Maltman; Los Angeles Opera Chorus; Los Angeles Opera Orchestra; James Conlon
3:29
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Total Playing Time    2:35:09
Grammy Award - Best Opera Recording, 2016 Grammy Award - Best Engineered Album, Classical, 2016 Grammy Award nomination - Producer of the Year, Classical, 2016 "... a spotless aural image of a remarkable series of performances taken live from the stage of the LA Opera." - ClassicsToday.com "The LA Opera production is well cast, with strong contributions from soprano Patricia Racette, who is a dramatically effective ..." - Gramophone "Four Stars ... 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." - BBC Music Magazine "It's comic and serious, entertaining and erudite, silly and thoughtful, emotional and mysterious, harrowing and uplifting, intimate and over-the-top ... and the more times you see it, the more you'll find in it and the more you'll get out of it." - Los Angeles Times Recorded live in February 2015 to great critical acclaim, this double album features the LA Opera conducted by James Conlon on Corigliano's large-scale, extravagant work The Ghosts of Versailles. Both Corigliano and librettist William Hoffman conceived Ghosts as a work of music theatre 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. "The artists of LA 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
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This album was recorded live in performance at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Los Angeles Music Center, California, USA, February and March 2015 Producer: Blanton Alspaugh (Soundmirror) Executive producer: Christopher Koelsch (LA Opera) Audio production and engineering: Fred Vogler Recording engineer: Mark Donahue Wireless engineer: David Williams Audio recording and post-production: Soundmirror Boston Production photographer: Craig T. Mathew Product manager: Angelina Jambrekovic Album cover: Marie Antoinette (Patricia Racette) and Beaumarchais (Christopher Maltman) are united forever. © Craig T. Mathew Cover CD 1: Act One of “The Ghosts of Versailles” comes to a riotous climax in a scene set at the Turkish Embassy, where Figaro makes a bold move. © Craig Henry Cover CD 2: Marie Antoinette (Patricia Racette, at right) relives the horror of her final days, with Beaumarchais (Christopher Maltman, at center in judicial wig) taking the role of her prosecutor. © Craig T. Mathew Designer: Joost de Boo

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