A party of distinguished guests on their way to the coronation of Charles X in Rheims arrives at a hotel in Plombières. Tensions, mishaps and comic misunderstandings soon arise, threatening to disrupt their onward journey.
Graduates of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme join current members in a special performance of Gioachino Rossini's Il viaggio a Reims (The Journey to Rheims). This event is a special gala concert, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Young Artists’ first Summer Performance in 2002.
Il viaggio a Reims was written to celebrate the coronation of King Charles X of France in 1825. It is unique in Rossini’s stage works for its large solo forces and lightness of touch, and combines exquisite and demanding vocal writing with a charmingly bizarre cast of characters. At its premiere, the 14 leading roles were sung by some of the greatest voices of the day; this makes it the perfect opera for the new stars of our own time. The singers will be accompanied by the Orchestra of English National Opera under the baton of Daniele Rustioni.