La Scala di seta

Gioachino Rossini (1792–1868)

21, 24, 27, 30 October |  3 November

Farsa comica in one act Libretto by Giuseppe Maria Foppa

Sung in Italian with English Surtitles

First performed in Venice, Italy at the Teatro San Moisè

9 May 1812

While some of Rossini’s operas count among the best loved in the repertoire, there are still many corners of his output worthy of exploring at a festival devoted to operatic rarities. In the context of this year’s programme, he can be seen both as coming from a generation or two before that of Foroni and from a generation or two after that of Cherubini, both Italians who sought their fortunes abroad. Rossini was not as quick as Cherubini to head to Paris, then the world’s operatic capital, but he eventually did so – indeed, like Cherubini (and Chopin), he was buried at the Père Lachaise Cemetery, though his remains would later be taken home to his native Pesaro. La Scala di seta belongs firmly to his early Italian years, and indeed is a key work in his development, even if it is only more recently that its jewel-like qualities have come to be fully appreciated.

For a long time, La Scala di seta was remembered only for its brilliant overture, the earliest piece of Rossini to have survived as a concert work. But much else in it proclaims the genius of the then 20-year-old composer, who wrote it as the third of his farse for Venice’s Teatro San Moisè in 1812. A fast-moving comedy, its title translates as ‘The Silken Ladder’ – in this case, a stairway to the heaven of various nocturnal rendezvous.

The Festival ShortWorks are made possible by the generous support of The Lord Magan of Castletown.

21 Oct - 3.30 p.m.
24 Oct - 3.30 p.m.
27 Oct - 3.30 p.m.
30 Oct - 3.30 p.m.
 3 Nov - 3.30 p.m.

Tickets €30

Run Time

1hr 30 mins

Creative Team

Music Director
Tina Chang


Previously at WFO: Répétiteur (Herculanum, Davide, 2016), Music Director (Il Campanello, Donizetti, 2016).

Previous Engagements: Coach and Pianist (soundSCAPE New Music Festival), Répétiteur (Otello, Verdi, Vancouver Opera), Assistant Chorus Director and Répétiteur (Dead Man Walking, Heggie, Vancouver Opera).

Forthcoming Engagements: Répétiteur (L’Elisir d’amore, Donizetti, Vancouver Opera; Eugene Onegin, Tchaikovsky, Vancouver Opera), Coach (University of British Columbia Opera Ensemble).

Stage Director
Nathan Troup

United States

Previous Engagements: Director (Dark Sisters, Nico Muhly, Boston Conservatory at Berklee), Director (Madama Butterfly, Puccini, Hubbard Hall Opera), Assistant Director (Le Nozze di Figaro, Mozart, Boston Lyric Opera).

Forthcoming Engagements: Director (Eugene Onegin, Tchaikovsky, Boston Conservatory at Berklee), Assistant Director (Stabat Mater, Pergolesi, Jessica Lang Dance, Lincoln Center Festival).

Stage & Costume Designer
Luca Dalbosco


Previous Engagements: Set Designer (Betly or The Swiss Hut, Donizetti, Teatro Sociale di Bergamo / Teatro Donizetti di Bergamo), Assistant Set Designer (La Bohème, Puccini, Scottish Opera).

Forthcoming Engagements: Assistant Set Designer (Thaïs, Massenet, Minnesota Opera).

Lighting Designer
Rory Beaton

United Kingdom

Previously at WFO: Lighting Designer (Il Campanello, The Bear, Riders to the Sea, 2016).

Previous Engagements: Lighting Designer (70 Års Opera, Danish National Opera; L'incoronazione di Poppea, Monteverdi, Trinity Laban Conservatoire; Der Freishütz, Weber, Blackheath Halls Opera).

Forthcoming Engagements: Lighting Designer (Dubliners, Andrew Synnott, Opera Touring Company, Ireland; Beauty and the Beast, Gordon Barr, Bard in the Botanics; Peter Pan, Alan McHugh, QDOS Entertainment).


Chase Hopkins

Tenor, United States

Previous Engagements: Don Basilio (Le Nozze di Figaro, Mozart, Royaumont Festival – France), Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus, Strauss, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), Oronte (Alcina, Handel, Royal Northern College of Music).

Forthcoming Engagements: Oronte (Alcina, Handel, Two Moors Festival).

Galina Bakalova

Soprano, Bulgaria

Previous Engagements: Violetta (La Traviata, Verdi, TLS “A.Belli”, Spoleto, Italy), Micaëla (Carmen, Bizet, State Opera Stara Zagora, Bulgaria), La Dame Pale (Le Joueur, Prokofiev, Opéra de Monte-Carlo).

Cecilia Gaetani

Mezzo-soprano, Italy

Previous Engagements: Una parente (Il gioco del vento e della luna, L. Mosca, Theater Mario del Monaco, Treviso), Tisbe (La Cenerentola, Rossini, Associazione musicale Tito Gobbi, Rome).

Forthcoming Engagements: Giulietta (Giulietta e Romeo, N. Zingarelli, Theater Malibran, Venice).

Ji Hyun Kim

Tenor, South Korea

Previous Engagements: Ruodi (Guillaume Tell, Rossini, Royal Opera House), Gastone (La Traviata, Verdi, Royal Opera House), Roderigo (Otello, Verdi, Royal Opera House).

Nicholas Morton

Baritone, United Kingdom

Previous Engagements: Malatesta (Don Pasquale, Donizetti, Euphonia Opera), Ensemble/Captain cover (Simplicius Simplicissimus, Karl Amadeus Hartmann, Independent Opera).

Filippo Fontano

Baritone, Italy

Previously at WFO: Beaupertuis (Il Cappello di paglia di Firenze, 2013), Don Bucefalo (Don Bucefalo, 2014).

Previous Engagements: Raffaele (Il medico dei pazzi, Giorgio Battistelli, Gran Teatro La Fenice), Soloist (Requiem, Mozart, Teatro Lirico di Cagliari), Ambasciatore - Re (La Bella addormentata, Teatro Lirico di Cagliari).

Forthcoming Engagements: Ormondo (Torvaldo e Dorliska, Gioachino Rossini, Rossini Opera Festival), Lescaut (Manon Lescaut, Giacomo Puccini, Sarasota Opera, Florida).