Concert will begin at 23:30 hours GMT
Met's encore stream: Corigliano's 'The Ghosts of Versailles' with Stratas, Hagegard, Horne and Fleming from New York
John Corigliano's 'The Ghosts of Versailles' is an opera in two acts to an English libretto by William M. Hoffman. The opera is set in an afterlife existence of the Versailles court of Louis XVI. In order to cheer up the ghost of Marie Antoinette, who is upset about having been beheaded, the ghost of the playwright Beaumarchais stages an opera using the characters and situations from his first two Figaro plays. In this new opera-within-an-opera, Count Almaviva is in Paris as ambassador from Spain. Together with his trusty manservant Figaro, he tries to rescue Marie Antoinette from the French Revolution. When things go awry, Beaumarchais himself enters the opera and – with the invaluable help of Figaro and his wife Susanna – attempts to rescue the queen.
Performers: Teresa Stratas, Håkan Hagegård, Gino Quilico, Graham Clark, Marilyn Horne, Renée Fleming.
Metropolitan Opera Choir and Orchestra. Conductor: James Levine.
Recorded 10 January 1992.