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.