Cover Getty: The Canterville Ghost

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Label: PentaTone

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Opera

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  • Gordon Getty (1933- ): The Canterville Ghost:
  • 1Great Grandpapa, Is There Really a Ghost Here?05:30
  • 2My Dear Otises05:10
  • 3Daddy, Hurry! Bring the Key!02:18
  • 4My Dear Sir, I Really Must Insist on Your Oiling Those Chains01:16
  • 5Rising Sun Lubricator!03:00
  • 6I Confess Disappointment02:54
  • 7I Fear You Are Far from Well01:36
  • 8Insupportable! To Be Lectured on Professionalism!03:50
  • 9Boo!00:33
  • 10Unclean!00:31
  • 11Scene 1100:35
  • 12Fiasco! Disgrace!01:17
  • 13Again No Bloodstain on the Armor01:49
  • 14I Hear the Ghost Has Packed His Bags02:38
  • 15Barbara! Barbara! Does Anyone Hear Me?13:27
  • 16Hiram, She Is Nowhere in the House00:54
  • 17She Isn't Here00:43
  • 18Thank You, Mrs. Umney. You May All Go to Bed Now02:45
  • 19My Good Otis, Thank You for Putting Me up Again02:28
  • 20Then Shall All the House Be Still08:43
  • Total Runtime01:01:57

Info for Getty: The Canterville Ghost

The Canterville Ghost was first performed in 2015 at Leipzig Opera, with Matthias Foremny conducting the Gewandhaus Orchestra and an international cast of singers. This premiere recording invites us to witness again the delightful culture clash of the Old World invaded by modern Americans, set in a haunted mansion in Victorian England.

The unhappy ghost of Sir Simon, who for centuries has tormented the mansion’s inhabitants, is no match for the new pragmatic owners. Sir Simon attempts to scare them away, but finds himself teased and terrorized by the stalwart Otis family instead. He ultimately finds peace and redemption with the help of young Virginia Otis. Getty’s libretto and music serve up the perfect balance of humor and humanity required to bring the much-loved story to life.

The American Opera Series seeks to highlight the rich and varied examples of how this imported art form has evolved in America. “Wilde’s finest poetry is in his prose, and his finest prose is in his children’s stories. Most are dark. Sacrifice and heartbreak are the themes. The Canterville Ghost looks at the sunnier side. Virginia’s sacrifice, and the ghost’s heartbreak, reach the endings we hoped. Wilde was never in better form. Not many writers could have sent up the stolid Otises or the indignant Sir Simon so richly while leaving us in on their side throughout. The Canterville Ghost is romantic comedy, though with heartbreak and redemption along the way. The dos and don’ts of romantic comedy are pretty much eternal. Wilde has given us one, in short story form, of unique beauty and genius. We laugh and cry, and are enriched. I added music, and some words, with the same intention.”

Alexandra Hutton, soprano
Jean Broekhuizen, mezzo-soprano
Denise Wernly, mezzo-soprano
Rachel Marie Hauge, mezzo-soprano
Timothy Oliver, tenor
Jonathan Michie, baritone
Anooshah Golesorkhi, baritone
Matthew Trevino, bass
Oper Leipzig & Gewandhausorchester
Matthias Foremny, conductor

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