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A pair of Gioachino Rossini’s earliest operas are featured on this week’s Opera House: La Scala di Seta and Il Signor Bruschino.

Premiered in 1812, La Scala di Seta (The Silken Ladder) is nowadays largely remembered for its famous overture. Giulia (soprano Luciana Serra) has secretly married Dorvil (tenor William Matteuzzi), but her guardian, Dormont (tenor Oslavio di Credico), wants her to become the wife of Blansac (bass-baritone Natale de Carolis), with whom Giulia's cousin Lucilla (mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli) is in love. Every night Dorvil comes to Giulia by climbing a silken ladder to her window. Through a misunderstanding, the servant Germano (bass Roberto Coviello) gives Blansac the impression that Giulia is waiting for him that night. Lucilla discovers this intrigue and finds herself a hiding place from which she can surprise them. Germano does the same, and so, last but not least, does Dormont, who ends up surprising Lucilla, Germano and Blansac. At first there is outrage, but then Dorvil and Giulia appear and admit to be being married. They are forgiven by Dormont, who also gives his blessing to the marriage of Lucilla and Blansac.

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Recently, we spoke with Suzanne Rousso, Artistic Director of The Mallarme Chamber Players about American Mavericks. The September 7 concert features identifiably American music written for string quartet, clarinet and piano, composed by Aaron Copland, Charles Ives, Karel Husa, and John Duffy.

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The Metropolitan Opera Announces the 2014-15 Season

The Met’s 2014-15 Season Will Feature 26 Operas, Including Three Met Premieres, In Six New Productions and 18 Revivals!

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