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Talented vocalists to showcase Italian operas in Hong Kong

     Four promising vocalists from Italy's Accademia del Teatro alla Scala (La Scala) will perform in the concert "Opera Passione" in June.

     Sopranos Shi Young Jung and Francesca Ruospo, together with tenor Jaeheui Kwon and baritone Filippo Fontana, accompanied by pianist Antonella Poli, will present an array of excerpts from opera classics by Mozart, Bellini, Donizetti, Cilea, Verdi and Puccini.

     La Scala's dedication to the nurturing of new talent began in 1813 when the theatre opened the School of Ballet, an institution that today is internationally recognised as one of the best of its kind. The theatre's calling to encourage the growth of new talent was further strengthened in the 1950s with the founding of the Scala Cadets to provide historic continuity for the traditional Italian lyrical opera.

     In 2001 the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala became a private foundation, taking on the structure it has today which covers a multitude of professions tied to the performing arts and a wide offering of courses for training, specialisation and workshops.

     "Opera Passione" is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. It will be held at 8pm on June 29 (Friday) at the Theatre, Hong Kong City Hall. Tickets priced at $120 and $180 are now available at URBTIX outlets, on the Internet and by credit card telephone booking. Half-price tickets are available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and their minders, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (limited tickets for students and CSSA recipients available on a first-come, first-served basis).

     For programme enquiries, please call 2268 7321 or visit Ticketing enquiries can be made on 2734 9009 and credit card telephone bookings on 2111 5999. Tickets can also be booked online at

Ends/Tuesday, May 29, 2012


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