La scala di seta

Gioachino Rossini

Academy Project

In collaboration with Teatro alla Scala's Academy
New Production

Rossini Opera Festival of Pesaro Production

From 20 to 30 September 2013

Running Time: 2 hours 05 minutes intermissions included

Sung in Italian with electronic libretto in Italian, English

Notes on the performancesOpen 
Rossini’s youthful farce sees a combination of events of French origins that is easier to see than it is to explain. The subject is similar to that of Cimarosa’s Il matrimonio segreto, and stars a certain Giulia who unrolls a staircase from her balcony, with the help of the shadows, to allow the young Dorvil who she has secretly married to come up to her room. Why silk though? Perhaps it was in the wait for speleological nylon ladders. The “girl’s” old tutor chooses another boyfriend for her, but she passes him on to her cousin. There is even a spying servant that confuses everyone. Jealousy, misunderstandings, narcissism, obstinacy, frisson, much climbing up and down the ladder, and the final blessing of the two couples.

Michieletto’s staging, which has already been seen at the "Rossini Opera Festival", creates a high visual impact because it shows the acting from above as well, thanks to a mirror placed at an angle. This forces the actors to act in the midst of nothing at some points so they can attain the visual effect required. For a story played out through hidden characters, the two-dimensional unveiling is of help


Christophe Rousset
Damiano Michieletto
Sets and costumes
Paolo Fantin
Alessandro Carletti


Jaeyoon Jung
Ludmilla Bauerfeldt (20, 23, 25, 27, 30)
Letiţia Viţelaru (21, 26)
Na Hyun Yeo (24, 29)
Valeria Tornatore (20, 23, 25, 27, 30)
Shin Je Bang (21, 24, 26, 29)
Maxim Mironov (20, 23, 25, 27, 30)
Carlos Cardoso (21, 24, 26, 29)
Mikheil Kiria
Paolo Bordogna (20, 23, 25, 27, 30)
Vincenzo Taormina (21, 24, 26, 29)
Teatro alla Scala