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Meet the Young Artists Week: Performance

23–24 October 2014
Linbury Studio Theatre

The Jette Parker Young Artists present a fully staged performance in the Linbury Studio Theatre, in one of the most popular highlights of Meet the Young Artists Week.

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In Rossini's farce La scala di seta, Giulia is secretly married to Dorvil despite the wish of her guardian Dormont that she should marry Dorvil's friend Blansac. Giulia hatches a terrifically complicated plot to encourage Blansac instead to fall in love with her cousin Lucilla. Germano, the family's old servant, watches on in incomprehension.

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Background

The rising stars of The Royal Opera's Jette Parker Young Artists Programme present Gioachino Rossini's absurd early farce La scala di seta, his sixth opera. It was first performed in Venice in 1812 when the composer was just 20, with Giuseppe Maria Foppa providing a libretto adapted from Pierre Gaveaux's 1808 opera L'Échelle de soie. La scala di seta is a charming example of Rossini's gift for comedy and his rhythmic flair, with highlights including Lucilla's aria 'Sento talor nell'anima'.

The production is a highlight of Meet the Young Artists Week at the Royal Opera House, which provides a chance to see the future faces of opera in the intimate settings of the Linbury Studio Theatre. The week’s activities also include a diverse programme of free recitals and a chance to meet the Artists in person.

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