Critical Acclaim for LAO’s Ghosts of Versailles

James Conlon

Critical Acclaim
Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles at Los Angeles Opera conducted by James Conlon

February 7 - March 1, 2015
"James Conlon conducted the large pit orchestra with fire and care, particularly reveling in the delicious aleatoric illustrations of the ghost world and Corigliano’s extraordinary writing for brass.” - Los Angeles Times


"James Conlon manages the large orchestra, which includes synthesizer and amplified percussion, sensibly and carefully, deciphering gloom, caressing color and maintaining momentum.” - Orange County Register

“James Conlon in the pit showed an absolute mastery of the score and LA Opera Orchestra played like angels for him. Through an evening of very challenging harmonies and swift changes of tempo they alighted on each new melody with precision and a transparency that I hadn't enjoyed in this work before.” - Parterre Box

“James Conlon and the LA Opera Orchestra brought Corigliano’s masterful score, filled with new notations and intriguing sounds, to life with chilling electricity.” - Culture Spot L.A.

“It was Maestro James Conlon’s long held hope to bring this shimmering work, first commissioned by the Met, back to life in all its splendor. With his impeccable musicians, Conlon has once again added to the prestige of LA Opera.” - Seen and Heard International

"James Conlon led a driving performance from the pit. It was an exceptionally tight, well-measured reading with attentive playing from the orchestra.” - Bachtrack