Company:Lyric Opera of Chicago
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Director & Conductor
DirectorColin Graham
ChoreographerDebra Brown
ConductorArthur Fagen
Music DirectorLeonard Slatkin

BeaumarchaisHåkan Hagegård
CherubinoCharlotte Hellekant
Count AlmavivaDwayne Croft
Count AlmavivaRichard Drews
FlorestineSunny Joy Langton
LeonGary Lehman
Louis XVIJames Courtney
Marie AntoinetteSheri Greenawald
MarquisRonald Naldi
PashaStefan Szkafarowsky
RosinaSylvia McNair
SamiraDella Jones
SusannaWendy White
WilhelmWilbur Pauley
Woman with HatJane Shaulis

Design Team
Lighting DesignerDuane Schuler
Costume DesignerJohn Conklin
Scenic DesignerJohn Conklin
Hair/WigsStan Dufford
Make-upStan Dufford
performance datesmatinee
Tuesday, October 10, 1995
Monday, October 16, 1995
Thursday, October 19, 1995
Tuesday, October 24, 1995
Saturday, October 28, 1995
Monday, October 30, 1995
Monday, November 6, 1995
Saturday, November 11, 1995
The Ghosts of Versailles
Composer: John Corigliano

Librettist: William M. Hoffman, William M. Hoffman
The ghost of the playwright Beaumarchais, author of The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro, has fallen madly in love with the host of the executed Queen Marie Antoinette, who after two centuries still grieves for her lost life. Although Beaumarchais' love is unrequited, he offers to cure the queen's melancholy through a performance of his new opera, which features the latest exploits of Figaro and the Almaviva family, who attempt to change history and save the queen from death in the French Revolution. The other ghosts at Versailles warn Beaumarchais that this will endanger his soul, but he wishes only Marie Antoinette's happiness. Through Beaumarchais' willingness to sacrifice himself during a performance of his opera, Marie Antoinette realizes the depth of his love for her and learns to love him. Just as Beaumarchais is about to succeed in saving Marie Antoinette, she rejects salvation and allows history to continue as it was. The two are joined for eternity.

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