Grammy Awards 2017: John Corigliano's "The Ghosts of Versailles"
14th February 2017
The LA Opera recording of John Corigliano's opera The Ghosts of Versailles won twice at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards: Best Opera Recording and Best Engineered Album, Classical.
This world premiere audio recording is the LA Opera's acclaimed 2015 production, recorded live and conducted by James Conlon. It features soprano Patricia Racette as Marie Antoinette, baritone Christopher Maltman as Beaumarchais, baritone Lucas Meachem as Figaro, and Patti LuPone as Samira. Darko Tresnjak directed the production. Mark Donahue, Fred Vogler, and David L Williams engineered the recording.
The two-CD album and digital download are on the Pentatone label's new American Operas series.
The Metropolitan Opera commissioned The Ghosts of Versailles to celebrate its 100th anniversary and debuted it in 1991 to ecstatic reviews and a sold-out run. This grand opera buffa, with a libretto by William M. Hoffman, has continued to win over audiences and critics alike with many performances and new productions for a quarter-century.
-Preview and order the recording
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-Buy the vocal score and libretto
Photograph: BEN GIBBS / LA Opera