La Scala di Seta - 1996

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UCLA Department of Music Presents

UCLA Opera Workshop and Philharmonia Orchestra
Jon Robertson, Director
John Hall, Producer and Stage Director

with special guest conductor
Moustafa Nagui
Assistant General Director and Chief Conductor of the Cairo Opera

Two One-Act Operas

La Scala di Seta
(The Silken Ladder)
in English
Music by Gioacchino Rossini


Suor Angelica
(Sister Angelica)
in Italian
by Giacomo Puccini

Thursday, Friday, April 18, 19, 1996 - 8:00 P.M.
Saturday, Sunday, April 20, 21, 1996 - 3:00 P.M.
Schoenberg Hall - UCLA


We are pleased to present two very different operatic gems from the Italian repertory, Rossini’s The Silken Ladder and Puccini’s Suor Angelica. While separated by only slightly over 100 years, one represents a musical language familiar to Napoleon, and the other premiered when Woodrow Wilson was in the White House. With these two operas our students gain a very wide range of style, dramatically and musically. Thanks must go to the students in the Musical Theater Workshop and UCLA Chorale for their participation and support for their operatic colleagues.

We are also pleased to introduce Maestro Moustafa Nagui, Musical Director of the Cairo Opera, who conducts our students. This season, Maestro Nagui has also invited graduate students from UCLA to participate in professional productions at the Cairo Opera House, and we are proud to have our students participate in their productions of Aida and La Bohème.

These operas are produced witht the generous support of the Gluck Foundation whose interest in the Fine Arts extends from the artistic present to our artistic future by their belief in our young talent. Thank you. - Jon Robertson

About the Conductor

Dr. Moustafa Nagui has conducted countless successful concerts and operas in Egypt and abroad. A talented Egyptian artist, he is also well known as a prominent cello soloist and composer, having received several prizes for musical scores at international film festivals. Maestro Nagui contributed to the inauguration of the Cairo Opera House in 1988 with his orchestrated AlGehad Anthem and Altyarann Anthem, originally composed by Egypt’s well known artist M. Abd Alwahab. As cellist he has recorded for Egyptian Radio and other foreign broadcasts and has presents recitals and symphonic concerts in Egypt, Germany, U.S.S.R., Yugoslavia, Italy, France, England, Austria, and the United States.

Nagui was born in Cairo in 1948, and studied at the Cairo Conservatory where he graduated in 1971 and was immediately appointed Assistant Professor for Cello. In 1972, he travelled to the former U.S.S.R. for further study in cello. In 1974, he was a contestant at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, receiving a Certificate of Recognition. In 1976, Nagui became the Resident Conductor of the Conservatory Orchestra, and four years later he founded the Alexandria Conservatory Orchestra.

In 1982, Nagui was appointed Resident Music Director for the Cairo Symphony Orchestra, and since 1990 he has been the Artistic General Director and the Chief Conductor at the National Cultural Center “Cairo Opera House.” In 1994, Dr. Nagui successfully founded the Cairo Opera Orchestra as a second orchestra to the Cairo Symphony Orchestra.

La Scala di Seta

(The Silken Ladder)
in English
Music by Gioacchino Rossini
A comic farce in One Act
Text by Guiseppe Maria Poppa
*Premiere: Venice, Teatro San Moise, 1812*
(English version by Geoffrey Dunn)


(in Order of Appearance)

Montdor, a retired army officer, guardian to Julia and Lucille
Patrick Mack

Julia, secretly married to Dorville
Hae Kyung Hwang

Lucille, cousin to Julia
Dorothy-Jean Lloyd

Dorville, secretly married to Julia
John Klacka

Blansac, a friend of Dorville and suitor to Julia
Andrew Sweeney

Germanno, Montdor’s servant
Roberto Gomez



Julia is secretly married to Dorville who visits her by means of an improvised “silken ladder.” She is waiting for the right moment to reveal her marital status to her guardian, Montdor. Her position is made desperate when Montdor decides that Julia should marry Dorville’s friend Blansac, a sophisticated Parisian with an eye and a taste for beautiful women. Blansac is to arrive this very afternoon to discuss the wedding contract. Julia hatches a plan to enourage Blansac to wed her young cousin Lucille and, with the help of the servant Germanno, attempts to get the two to fall in love. Germanno, who is not very bright, misunderstands Julia’s interest in Blansac (as does Dorville who fears Julia might be unfaithful). Deception follows deception through spying, whispered promises, overheard conversations and other farcical staples until, finally, all is revealed and Montdor resigns himself to the wedding of both his young wards.

Materials furnished by Fondazione Rossini Pesaro, in cooperation with Casa Ricordi-BMG Ricordi S.p.A., Milan, Italy; Hendon Music Inc., a Boosey Hawkes company, sole agent in the USA.


Jon Robertson,
Music Director and Conductor

Gregory Magie, Daniel Gary Busby, and Carlo Ponti
Graduate Assistant Conductors

La Scala di Seta

Violin I
Yuko Ishikawa, Concertmaster
Searmi Park
Greg Khalil
Jeremy Lee
Susan Parry
Esther Lee (grad.)

Violin II
Nathaniel Yoo, Principal
Victor Chen
Patty Kim
Gianna Gruenwald
Linda Lee

Vicky Shiang, Principal
Matthew Bell
Sharlene Wang

Abe Liebhaber, Principal
Emily Payne
Doris Chen

Colin Shipman

Flute & Piccolo
Arpi Anderson, Principal
Jared Ferguson

Derek Mohachy, Principal
Jessica Hoffman (+English Horn)

Lea Steffens, Principal
Kelly Stout

Dottie Burkhart, Principal

Nathan Basinger, Principal
Annette Moore
Suor Angelica

Violin I
Karen Chan, Concertmaster
Henry Tyszler
Sandi del Rosario
Cathy Noh
Aleksandra Maslovaric-Shephard
Ying Xiong

Violin II
Shin Bong Kang, Principal
Chris Oka
Kenneth Pamatmat
Esther Lee (undergrad.)
Kimberly Hribar

Kathyn Reddish, Principal
Alex Kim
Aaron Papst

Eugene Sor, Principal
An-Jye Lee
Hee-young Moon
Tammy Wang

Colin Shipman, Principal
Michael Uhler

Jared Ferguson, Principal
Ai Goldsmith (+Piccolo)

Offstage Piccolo
Arpi Anderson

Derek Mohachy, Principal

Lea Steffens, Principal
Kelly Stout

Dottie Burkhart, Principal

Annette Moore, Principal
Scott Cwiertny

Ray Novak, Principal
Matt Cody

Offstage Trumpet
Jonathan Phillips
Brian Dueppen
Paul Justice

Rocky Waters

Ping-Ping Tang

Offstage Piano
Nina Schumann
Yuliya Barsky

Offstage Organ
Lois Holdridge

Yuliya Barsky

Kate Homan, Timpani
Tino Novellino
Brian Boyce


Jon Robertson

Guest Conductor
Moustafa Nagui

Stage Director and Producer
John Hall

Musical Preparation
Judy Hansen
Mona Lands

Teaching Associate
Nina Schumann

Student Accompanist
Yuliya Barsky

Master Carpenter
Brian Cole

Assistant Master Carpenter
Michelle D. Eckart

Brendan Conner
Russ Van Orten
Greg White
Damien Rosendal
Ron Jarvis
Rodney Rincon

Master Electrician, Lighting Design
David Muller

Set and Props
Robert Deman

David Paul

Stage Manager
Daniel Gary Busby

Event Manager Diane Connor
Diane Connor

Publicity and Programs
Kathloon Moon

UCLA Musical Theater Workshop

John Hall

Musical Preparation
Joan Colman-Hoytt

Teaching Associate/Conductor
Daniel Gary Busby

UCLA Chorale

Donald Neuen


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