Musicians of Ma'alwyck is excited to offer an exquisite afternoon & evening at the Glimmerglass Festival & Hyde Hall, on Sunday, August 18th, as part of our 20th Anniversary Celebratory Events. In addition to the matinee opera, The Ghosts of Versailles (which has sold out in August!), this unique event includes a performance by Musicians of Ma'alwyck at Hyde Hall, as well as other special perks. The tour package includes:
- Round trip from SUNY Schenectady to Cooperstown in luxury coach
- Pre-show talk
- Matinee ticket for opera The Ghosts of Versailles
- Catered dinner picnic at Hyde Hall
- Private tour of historic Hyde Hall
- Champagne toast
- Musicians of Ma'alwyck Civil War concert
Defying Genre with The Ghosts of Versailles
Characterized by composer John Corigliano as "grand opera buffa," The Ghosts of Versailles combines aspects of French grand opera with comedic tropes found in Italian opera buffa as it travels among three distinct worlds: the ghostly afterlife, a newly-crafted opera and the history of the French Revolution. Corigliano and librettist William M. Hoffman marry these traditions with modern sensibilities to create this innovative work, such as including forms of aleatoricimprovisation, when musicians are instructed to create their own patterns within a range of notes. Listen for these particularly spooky-sounding sections in the ghosts' world.
Why Should You See It?
Since its sold-out and highly successful premiere at The Metropolitan Opera in 1991, The Ghosts of Versailles has rarely been performed due to its large production demands. Glimmerglass' all-new production brings Corigliano's work to the Festival's 918-seat Alice Busch Opera Theater. Don't miss the chance to see this little-performed work, complete with lavish costumes by Nancy Leary and spectral set designs by James Noone. To stay ahead of the opera's plot, view the animated plot synopsis above!