The Ghosts of Gatsby
Opera Las Vegas presents the professional premiere of Evan Mack and Joshua McGuire’s The Ghosts of Gatsby in October 2021, delayed from the current season due to the ongoing pandemic.
The Ghosts of Gatsby won first prize in the 2019 National Opera Association’s compositions Dominick Argento Chamber Opera Competition, and is part of Opera Las Vegas’ acclaimed Living Composers and Librettists Initiative.
A tale of marriage and madness. Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald are in the French Riviera in 1924. Scott, obsessed by work on “The Great Gatsby,” is jealous of Zelda’s extramarital affair, while Zelda is smothered by the alcoholic Scott.
In a fit of rage, Scott locks Zelda in a bedroom. She has visions of her younger and older selves. As the argument with Scott resumes and intensifies, Scott strikes Zelda, and she attempts to dismiss the apparitions as unreal, but the oldest Zelda dismisses her. Zelda wakes to find the entire scene has been a dream on her deathbed, locked in a burning insane asylum.
The Ghosts of Gatsby stars baritone Evan Hammond, sopranos Kayla Wilkens and Athena Mertes, and mezzo-soprano Kimberly Gratland James. It is directed by Darren ‘Daz’ Weller and conducted by Ioannis Protopapas.
Tickets are $25, and sales will begin in February 2021. All then-current health and safety protocols will be followed.