Queen Marie Antoinette

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(Corigliano: The Ghosts of Versailles). Sop. The executed wife of King Louis XVI. The ghost of the poet Beaumarchais is in love with her and is determined he can, through art, alter the course of history so that she does not go to the guillotine. Gradually, as she watches his new play, in which all the characters from his previous Figaro plays are recalled, she loses her bitterness about her fate and comes to love the author. Although she finally is retried and again executed, she can now accept her fate and be happy united with Beaumarchais in Paradise. Created (1991) by Teresa Stratas.

Subjects: Opera.

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