Seattle Opera's Young Artist Program presents the rarely performed Verdi comedy "King for a Day" on Nov. 17, 2012.

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It’s a wonder this sparkling little comedy ever made it out of the gate. Giuseppe Verdi’s first wife died while he was composing “King for a Day,” and when it premiered in 1840, it flopped. Terribly. It did not receive its U.S. premiere until more than a century later and is rarely performed. Director Peter Kazaras and Seattle Opera’s Young Artist Program have happily taken it on and the aspiring opera singers (including Theo Lebow and Deborah Nansteel, shown above) will present a chamber version of the comedy of involving a royal impersonator who uses his newfound power to change the course of romance. 8 p.m. Saturday, Nordstrom Recital Hall, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $25 (206-389-7676 or

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