Brisk, catchy, and highly entertaining, Rossini’s uniquely Italian retelling of the ultimate rags-to-riches story cleverly blends tenderness and frivolity to fabulous effect. Kicking off with a first class overture, the comedic love story sails through flowery ensembles, ridiculous situations, and a lovely cavatina or two en route to a fairy tale
finale. La Cenerentola’s toe-tapping tunes, colorful characters, and splendid orchestration are sure to brighten your winter.
In Italian with English subtitles | at McCaw Hall
Approximate Running Time: 3 hours, with 1 intermission
Audio described performance for visually impaired patrons available on Sunday, January 13. Description begins 10 minutes prior to the beginning of the matinee.
Preview Cinderella’s whimsical staging, colorful costumes, and skilled singers in this montage of dress rehearsal footage featuring full chorus and orchestra.
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Director Joan Font and Choreographer Xevi Dorca join bass Patrick Carfizzi for an informal chat about the unique story elements and distinctive designs and staging of this fresh and funny production. Video includes footage of principal singers in rehearsal.
Seattle Opera Costume Shop Manager Susan Davis illustrates the more playful elements of Joan Guillén’s costume designs for Cinderella and demonstrates how some of the characters’ looks evolve throughout the opera. She also reveals what the heroine leaves behind at the ball in this version of the story. (Hint: it’s not a glass slipper!)
General Director Speight Jenkins and Arthur Woodley (Alidoro) sit down to discuss the story, the cast and much more.
Watch a short preview featuring footage from Houston Grand Opera.
Both casts of beloved fairytale La Cenerentola feature exciting company debuts as Cenerentola and her prince, as well as several familiar faces and audience favorites.
With its bright, whimsical sets and costumes and its wonderfully talented cast of artists, this Cenerentola will be an unforgettable production for the whole family.
Following the success of The Barber of Seville, Rossini wrote this version of the classic Cinderella story, changing the evil stepmother to a stepfather and the fairy godmother to a philosopher.
Banner Photo Credit
© Brett Coomer, La Cenerentola, Houston Grand Opera, 2007