THE GHOSTS OF VERSAILLES Comes to the Glimmerglass Festival
John Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles delighted operagoers at The Glimmerglass Festival July 13 in the company's new production of the work.
Former General and Artistic Director of the Chautauqua Opera Company Jay Lesenger guest directs this opera, which draws inspiration from classic characters from the plays of Pierre Beaumarchais such as Figaro, Susanna and Count Almaviva. These characters attempt to comfort the eponymous "ghost" of Marie Antoinette in an occasionally serious, often hilarious new opera.
Soprano Yelena Dyachek makes her Glimmerglass debut as Marie Antoinette. One of the 2016 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Grand Prize winners, Dyachek travels to Glimmerglass after three seasons as a Studio Artist at the Houston Grand Opera, portraying Musetta in La bohème and Berta in The Barber of Seville. Glimmerglass Young Artist Jonathan Bryan returns to Glimmerglass as Beaumarchais after appearing as Lieutenant Gordon in Silent Night.
Glimmerglass Festival Music Director Joseph Colaneri conducts The Ghosts of Versailles. Regarded designer James Noone's sets are beautifully paired with Nancy Leary's costumes.
The Ghosts of Versailles runs in repertory with Verdi's La traviata, Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's Show Boat and the world premiere of Jeanine Tesori and Tazewell Thompson's Blue. The mainstage productions are complemented by concerts, lectures, backstage tours and question-and-answer sessions with the creative teams.
For more information on the 2019 Glimmerglass Festival and performance dates and times, call the Box Office at (607) 547-2255 or visit www.glimmerglass.org.