20 October: La scala di seta


State Opera and ballet theatre "Astana Opera" (Kazakhstan) 

In 1822, having met G. Rossini at the zenith of his fame, Beethoven said: “Never try to write anything else besides opera buffa, any other style will do violence against your nature.” Long time before this, the 20-year-old composer, the future author of ‘Il Barbiere di Siviglia' created for the Teatro San Moisè in Venice a small operatic farsa comica in one act called 'La scala di seta' on the libretto by G. Foppa. In 'La scala di seta', the sparkling sense of humor and lively improvisational manner of the actors playing in the plot is combined with the virtuosity of Rossini's vocal and instrumental parts. Rossini praises the sensuality, enthusiasm and ingenuity of young lovers, whose relationship must remain as a secret until the time comes. 

The plot takes place in the XVIII century and unfolds around Giulia who secretly married her beloved Dorvil. The legitimate husband gets to his wife on the silk stairs, which she throws him out of the window. Giulia's guardian, old Dormont who is unaware of this marriage, tries to marry her to Blansac. Misunderstandings and confusions constantly jumble together, so in the end everything happily resolved. 

Conductor Director – Abzal Mukhitdinov, Honoured employee of Kazakhstan
Production Director – Alla Simonishvili 
Stage and Costume Designer – Manana Gunia 
Tehnical Project Director –Viktor Karare 
Assistant Conductor Director – Ruslan Baymurzin 
Production Director Assistant – Erenbak Toykenov 
Accompanists – Elena Sakhno, Zhanar Akhmetova, Meruyert Zhakenova
Assistants Production Director – Altynganym Akhmetova, Mansiya Estekova
Project Coordinator – Marzhan Zhakenova 

Giulia – Zhannat Baktai, Honoured artist of Kazakhstan 
Dorvil –Zhan Tapin, Honoured employee of Kazakhstan 
Germano – Sundet Baygozhin, Honoured employee of Kazakhstan, laureat of the State Prize of the Republic of Kazakhstan 
Lucilla – Saltanat Muratbekova 
Blansac – Evgeny Tchainikov 
Dormont – Ramzat Balakishnev 

Harpsichord: Elena Sakhno, Zhanar Akhmetova


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