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LA Opera to give 'Versailles' its West Coast debut

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The LA Opera will present the West Coast premiere of John Corigliano's "The Ghosts of Versailles" during its 2014-15 season as part of a "Figaro Trilogy."

Corigliano's 1991 opera opens on Feb. 7, 2015, and stars Patti LuPone as the Turkish entertainer Samira and Patricia Racette, the LA Opera said Tuesday. The trilogy of operas based on Beaumarchais plays also includes performances of Rossini's "Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)" with Rodion Pogossov in the title role starting Feb. 28 and Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)" with Pretty Yende as Susanna opening March 21.

The season opens Sept. 13 with LA Opera general director Placido Domingo starring as Giorgio Germont in Verdi's "La Traviata" as part of a cast that includes Nino Machaidze as Violetta. A double bill of Purcell's "Dido and Aeneas" and Bartok's "Bluebeard's Castle" starts Oct. 25, followed by Daniel Catan's "Florencia en el Amazonas" opening Nov. 22.

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