Metropolitan Opera Cancels 'Ghosts of Versailles'

By: Nov. 13, 2008
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The Metropolitan Opera has cancelled a highly anticipated 2010 production of John Corigliano's "Ghosts of Versailles" due to the economic downturn.

Instead, the two leads Angela Gheorghiu and Thomas Hampson will appear in a more economical revival of Verdi's "La Traviata".

"In looking at ways to economize, that was an unfortunate sacrifice," Met General Manager Peter Gelb told the AP in an interview. "It's a much more expensive revival than most."

Gelb said all eight new productions will proceed as planned, but that some revivals may be replaced with less expensive ones.

In "Ghosts of Versailles" The ghost of Beaumarchais creates an opera-within-an-opera to woo the forlorn ghost of Queen Marie Antoinette and change the course of history. Join Figaro, Susanna, and Count Almaviva as they attempt to rescue the queen from her tragic end in this Grand Opera Buffa commissioned by The Metropolitan Opera

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