Wolf Trap Opera Presents John Corigliano and William M. Hoffman’s The Ghosts of Versailles, July 10-18, 2015 at The Barns at Wolf Trap

Ghosts of Versailles c. Teddy Wolff


New production and Washington, D.C. area premiere of contemporary comic opera continues the story of Figaro

Vienna, Virginia - Following a sold-out run of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro in June 2015, Wolf Trap Opera continues the Figaro storyline with the Washington, D.C. premiere of acclaimed composer John Corigliano and librettist William M. Hoffman’s contemporary opera The Ghosts of Versailles. The new production plays for four performances, July 10, 12, 15 and 18, at The Barns at Wolf Trap. See below for complete production and ticketing information.

A “grand opera buffa,”
The Ghosts of Versailles encompasses comedy, romance, intrigue, revenge and malice. Incorporating character and plot elements from French playwright Pierre Beaumarchais’ The Guilty Mother, the third opera in the Figaro trilogy features characters from Rossini’s The Barber of Seville and Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, an opera-within-an-opera storyline, and an award-winning score and libretto.

The Ghosts of Versailles
is set 20 years after The Marriage of Figaro, in the palace of Versailles, where the ghost of Marie Antoinette haunts the palace and bemoans her execution. The love-stricken ghost of Beaumarchais attempts to seduce her by writing an opera. He revives some of his most beloved characters – Figaro, Susanna, the Count and Countess Almaviva – as well as new characters, to rewrite the history of the French Revolution and ultimately save Marie Antoinette from the guillotine. But as with all of Figaro’s antics, things do not go to plan, and chaos, mischief and hilarity follow.

Pulitzer prizewinning composer John Corigliano employs a wide range of musical styles – neoclassical, Romantic, aleatoric (improvisatory) and atmospheric – to bring to life the various worlds in this mesmerizing story.
Commissioned by The Metropolitan Opera, Corigliano collaborated with acclaimed librettist William M. Hoffman to create the English-language work, which had its Met debut in 1991 in a highly lauded production starring Teresa Stratas, Renée Fleming and Marilyn Horne.

Wolf Trap Opera’s new production is directed by Louisa Muller and conducted by Eric Melear, with set design by Wilson Chin and costumes by David Woolard. The production draws scenic inspiration from Wolf Trap Opera’s recent production of
The Marriage of Figaro, and uses Opera Theatre of St. Louis’ reduced score for an orchestra of 44 musicians.

Continuing Wolf Trap’s tradition as a top-tier operatic training program for emerging artists, all principal roles will be performed by Wolf Trap Opera’s
Filene Young Artists. The cast includes soprano Melinda Whittington as Marie Antoinette, baritone Will Liverman as Beaumarchais, baritone Morgan Pearse as Figaro, and tenor Robert Watson as Bégearss. Wolf Trap Opera’s elite group of young singers is chosen through a highly selective annual nationwide audition tour. See complete casting below.

Since 1971, Wolf Trap Opera has mounted over 130 productions of over 80 different operas. In addition to The Marriage of Figaro and The Ghosts of Versailles, the summer opera season will also feature  Verdi’s Aida in Concert (July 24) sung by Metropolitan Opera artists and Wolf Trap Opera alumni Marjorie Owens, Carl Tanner, Michelle DeYoung, and Scott Hendricks and a full staging of Puccini’s heartbreaking opera of passion, honor, and sacrifice, Madama Butterfly (August 7), both featuring the National Symphony Orchestra. Wolf Trap Opera’s upcoming summer recitals include Vocal Colors (July 30), a partnership program with The Phillips Collection, Steven Blier of the New York Festival of Song, and Wolf Trap Opera soloists. Filene Young Artists craft a personal soundtrack to visual art? that bridges musical genres and styles in The Rodgers Family: A Century of Musicals (August 1 and 2).

PRODUCTION AND TICKETING INFORMATION

Wolf Trap Opera presents

THE GHOSTS OF VERSAILLES
New production in English, with supertitles
Music by John Corigliano
Libretto by William M. Hoffman

The Barns at Wolf Trap
1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia 22182
Friday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 12 at 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 18 at 7:30 p.m.


The approximate running time is three hours, including one intermission.

Inside the Opera preshow talks begin 1 hour before curtain each night.Tickets start at $32 and can be purchased online at wolftrap.org, in person at the Filene Center and Barns Box Offices, or by phone at 877.WOLFTRAP.


Wolf Trap Opera’s 2015 Season is underwritten by Dan and Gayle D’Aniello.

The Ghosts of Versailles - CAST AND PRODUCTION TEAM

Marie Antoinette...............Melinda Whittington                                
Beaumarchais...................Will Liverman
Bégearss...........................Robert Watson
Figaro................................Morgan Pearse         
Susanna............................Sarah Larsen 
Rosina...............................D'Ana Lombard
Count Almaviva.................Frederick Ballentine
Florestine .........................Amy Owens
Léon..................................David Margulis
Samira..............................Jenni Bank
Louis XVI..........................Timothy Bruno
Cherubino.........................Abigail Levis
Suleyman Pasha...............W. Clay Thompson*
Woman with Hat................Nadia Fayad*
Marquis............................Ian Koziara*
Jaded Aristocrats..............Christine Price*
       at the Opera..............Grace Newberry*
                                         Michael Anderson*
                                         Thomas Glass*
Gossips............................Nicolette Book*
                                         Annalise Dzwonczyk*
                                         Rebecca Claborn*
Wilhelm............................Joshua Sanders*
English Ambassador........Brandon Bell*
Ensemble ........................Alexandra Nowakowski*
                                         Kaitlyn McMonigle*
                                         Anthony Ciaramitaro*
                                         Alex Rosen*


*Studio Artist


Conductor..............................Eric Melear
Director..................................Louisa Muller
Scenic Designer.....................Wilson Chin
Costume Designer.................David Woolard
Lighting Designer...................Robert H. Grimes
Wig & Makeup Designer........Anne Nesmith
Chorusmaster........................David Hanlon
Musical Preparation...............Emily Senturia
                                               David Hanlon
                                               Peter Walsh
Stage Manager......................Courtney Rizzo

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Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, produces and presents a full range of performance and education programs in the Greater Washington area, as well as nationally. Wolf Trap features three performance venues: the outdoor Filene Center and Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, both located at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, and The Barns at Wolf Trap, located down the road from the national park and adjacent to the Center for Education at Wolf Trap. The 7,028-seat Filene Center is operated in partnership with the National Park Service and annually showcases an extensive array of diverse artists, ranging from pop, country, folk, and blues to classical music, dance, and theatre, as well as multimedia presentations, from May through September. The Barns at Wolf Trap is operated by the Wolf Trap Foundation year round, and during the summer months is home to the Grammy-nominated Wolf Trap Opera, one of America’s outstanding resident ensemble programs for young opera singers. Wolf Trap’s education programs include the nationally acclaimed Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, a diverse array of arts education classes, grants, and a nationally recognized internship program.

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High-resolution production photos are available upon request beginning July 10.


Emily Smalling, Coordinator, Public Relations 703.255.4096 or emilys@wolftrap.org
Michelle Pendoley, Director, Public Relations 703.255.1917 or michellep@wolftrap.org