The Teatro della Tosse in Genova is in the throws of staging the opera for children by Paolo Furlani, Il vestito nuovo dell'imperatore, commissioned by Fondazione Teatro Carlo Felice. The libretto is by Gianni Rodari and is based on the famous Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale that tells the story of the vainglorious emperor. A group of charlatan weavers spread the rumour that they are in possession of a magical material, a cloth so light that it is invisible to the eyes of fools. In the palace the emperor and all the courtiers pretend to admire the beauty of the miraculous cloth. Indeed, the sovereign himself orders a new vest to be made out of it and proceeds to parade in it through the streets of the city before the eyes of his subjects… up until the point that a little boy reveals that in fact the emperor is not wearing anything at all. The opera will open on 10th January (additional performances on 12th and 13th January). The stage direction is by Enrico Campanati; Federico Longo will conduct The Ensemble Musicale of the Fondazione Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova.