Seattle Opera Young Artists to perform in Walla Walla Nov. 8

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WALLA WALLA — As part of their year-long celebration of Giuseppe Verdi’s bicentennial, the Seattle Opera Young Artists Program for young professional opera singers will return on tour to Walla Walla to perform a chamber version of Verdi’s “Un giorno di regno” (King for a Day), from 7-9:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at Walla Walla Community College, 500 Tausick Way.

Verdi’s first comedy tells the story of a Cavaliere Belfiore, a wily rogue roped into impersonating the King of Poland. Serving as the royal’s decoy, Belfiore finds himself the guest of honor at a double-wedding at the home of Baron Kelbar. Exercising his newfound power, he adopts the role of matchmaker, confounding the plans for arranged marriages and assisting in the triumph of true love, including his own. Once loose ends are tied up, he reveals his true identity and all is forgiven.

The opera will be sung in Italian, with English super-titles. The cast includes two female and four male singers and a pianist. The running time is approximately two hours, including one intermission. The peformance will be in the WWCC Performing Arts Auditorium.

The production is directed by Peter Kazaras, with musical preparation overseen by music director Brian Garman. Design coordination is by Victor Steeb.

Tickets are available by calling the WWCC box office, at 527-4575.

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