Patti LuPone to Show Her Diva Side for L.A. Opera’s The Ghosts of Versailles

first_img Star Files The Ghosts of Versailles centers on the restless ghost of Marie Antoinette (opera star Patricia Racette) and other now-dead members of the court of Louis XVI of France who are entertained by a new opera by also-dead playwright Beaumarchais and, apparently, an outrageous Turkish entertainer. The Ghost of Versailles is part of LA Opera’s Figaro Trilogy which will also feature Rossini’s The Barber of Seville and Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. LuPone has been booking TV roles left and right from American Horror Story: Coven to HBO’s Girls to the previously announced Sarah Silverman-HBO pilot People in New Jersey. Onstage, she has won Tony Awards for Gypsy and Evita and has also appeared on Broadway in Sweeney Todd, Anything Goes, An Evening With Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin, Noises Off and more.  Ready for a night at the opera with Patti LuPone? Our favorite Broadway diva has signed on for The Ghosts of Versailles at the Los Angeles Opera in 2015, according to the company’s official website. The American Horror Story star will make a cameo as the outrageous Turkish entertainer Samira in the John Corigliano opera. The Ghosts of Versailles will play a limited engagement from February 7 to March 1. View Comments Patti LuPonelast_img read more

Team Nigeria Challenged to Win Biggest Medal Haul in Gold Coast

first_imgCOMMONWEALTH GAMESPresident of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, NOC, Habu Gumel, has charged Team Nigeria athletes to the ongoing XXI Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia to go all out for gold to ensure that win the country’s largest medal haul in the competition.Nigeria won 11 gold, 11 silver and 14 bronze medals totaling 36 medals at the last Games in Glasgow Scotland four years ago. It was a near-perfect performance only close to the country’s best record set in 1994 Games in Victoria, Canada The team garnered 11 gold, 13 silver and 13 bronze medals then. “This is a clarion call to all athletes representing Nigeria at this Games to go for gold. We know that you have what it takes to win gold for our country. The government has been most supportive to you and this is the time for you to show appreciation,” Gumel, an executive committee member of International Olympic Committee (IOC) told the athletes as competition began in earnest yesterday.Also speaking to the athletes, Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, emphasised the need for discipline and for clean medals as Nigeria would not tolerate medals that are tainted with dope.“The federal government will appreciate your honest efforts in bringing in medals but the medals must be pure. Its better we post a decent performance without medals than to bring in shame to our country through tainted medals,” Dalung warned the athletes.Meanwhile, Nigerian table tennis players began their campaign in the Men’s Team – Group 4 on a bright note yesterday. Despite the absence of Aruna Quadri and Segun Toriola, the trio of Bode Abiodun, Olajide Omotayo and Jamiu Azeez lived up to expectations by topping Group D ahead of Belize and Malaysia.The Nigerians won the first two matches; Olajide Omotayo beat Chee Feng Leong (13-11, 15-13, 11-7), before Bode Abiodun accounted for Muhammed Ashraf Haiq Muhamad Rizal (11-5, 11-7, 13-11).However, Chee Feng Leong and Javen Choong combined to secure the doubles; they accounted for Azeez Jamiu and Olajide Omotayo (11-4, 11-9, 11-7).Suddenly, there was a degree of pressure on Azeez Jamiu playing in his first Commonwealth Games; he responded, he won but it was tense. He needed the full five games to beat Muhammed Ashraf Haiq Muhamad Rizal (11-7, 9-11, 11.6, 7-11, 11-8).“We lost the doubles, we never practise. I thought we would win, I never expected that I would need to play singles, I wasn’t prepared, I just kept fighting, serve short and be the first to attack.” Azeez Jamiu noted after the match thursday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more