Cinderella is the ultimate rags to riches tale. Featuring a host of colourful characters, this new production is a highly entertaining take on one of Rossini's most popular comedies. With music that's bright, breathless and full of energy, it's a Cinderella story...but not quite as you may know it.
Forced to work as servant to her stepfather and stepsisters, Cenerentola (Cinderella) dreams of the past, and of a better life. Kind and generous, she is all that her family is not. Hearing that Don Ramiro is holding a ball to choose a wife, her sisters gleefully prepare themselves for royal life. Then a mysterious veiled lady makes an unexpected appearance at the palace and their ambitions look set to be thwarted...
Rossini’s sparkling score demands impressive vocal agility and the best in comedy characterisation. Russian mezzo-soprano Victoria Yarovaya, winner of the 2013 Mercedes Viñas Prize, is Cenerentola, and rising Rossini star Nico Darmanin is Prince Ramiro. The talented ensemble cast also features baritone Richard Burkhard (The Magic Flute 2012), soprano Rebecca Bottone (The Pirates of Penzance 2013) and renowned bass Graeme Danby.
Listen to extracts from La Cenerentola:
Una volta c’era un re
Cenerentola vien qua
Miei rampolli femminini
Sì, ritrovarla io giuro
Questo è un nodo avviluppato
Non più mesta
Courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon www.deutschegrammophon.com
London Symphony Orchestra/Claudio Abbado/Luigi Alva/Renato Capecchi/Paolo Montarsolo/Teresa Berganza/Margherita Guglielmi
Supported by The Alexander Gibson CircleSung in Italian with English supertitles 2 hrs 50 mins approximately