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2 hours 45 minutes with 1 intermission
Sung in Italian with supertitles projected above the stage
A classic Rossini comedy with a heart, Cinderella is an irrepressible take on the traditional fairy tale we all know and love. Rossini conjures up a handsome prince, a beastly stepfather, bickering stepsisters, a beautiful heroine – and sheer magic in the music. True love, goodness, and forgiveness win out with an unabashedly happy ending –even for the wicked stepsisters!
Cinderella brims with Rossini's most brilliant coloratura writing and exuberant ensemble pieces. With its effervescent music and irresistible tunes, this zany romp is as much fun as opera can possibly be.
The production stars Hannah Headland, Brandon Hynum, Igor Viera, Brooke DeRosa, Jessie Shulman, Jay Stephenson, and Kurt Winterhalter. Maestro Brian Onderdonk conducts The Center Stage Opera Orchestra.
This production is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs.
|DON RAMIRO||Brandon Hynum|
|DON MAGNIFICO||Igor Vieira|
|DIRECTOR||Dylan F. Thomas|
|STAGE MANAGER||Veronica Vasquez|
|Shira Renee Thomas|
|Mercedes Juan Musotto|
|SET DESIGNER||Lily Bartenstein|
The Center Stage Opera Orchestra
Poor Cenerentola is treated like a slave by her stepfather Don Magnifico and step-sisters, Clorinda and Thisbe. Together, they live in a run down castle that Magnifico cant afford to repair. Hes spent all of his money, as well as Cenerentolas on himself and his spoiled daughters.
Suddenly, Alidoro, the princes teacher and adviser, turns up at the castle, but hes disguised as a beggar. The sisters are disgusted by the sight of him and try to send him away, but Cenerentola takes pity, and gives him food and coffee. Alidoro is very impressed by her kindness.
Prince Ramiro arrives. Hes been ordered by his father, the king, to find a bride or else forfeit his rights to the throne. Desperate to be loved for whom he is, and not just because hes a prince, Ramiro has disguised himself as his own servant, Dandini. When he and Cenerentola set eyes on each other, its love at first sight.
But now, the princes servant Dandini turns up, but disguised as the Prince! He invites Magnifico and the step sisters to the ball. If only the prince would marry one of my daughters, thinks Magnifico, Ill be rich again, and finally be shown the respect I deserve! After theyve left, Alidoro removes his beggars disguise and assures Cenerentola that she too will go the ball.
When she arrives at the palace looking totally gorgeous, everyone is amazed by the beauty of this unknown guest. But Magnifico and the two sisters sense something familiar about her. They fear that trouble lies in store for them...
In the meantime, Dandini, the princes servant disguised as the Prince, has fallen in love with Cenerentola himself! She tells him Thanks, but no thanks –you see Im in love with your servant. The prince, disguised as Dandini overhears this, and comes running in. Not so fast! Cenerentola says. Ill give you one of a pair of matching bracelets. Ill wear the other. If you really love me, youll come and find me – youll know youve found me when you see that the bracelets match. And she leaves.
Back at the fireplace, and dressed in rags once again, Cenerentola is all alone. Magnifico and his daughters return from the ball- angry at the mysterious guest that could have wrecked their chances with the prince. Suddenly a storm rages outside, and a carriage breaks down outside the castle. Its Prince Ramiros carriage. He and Cenerentola are overcome with joy as they recognise each other.
But the continuing arrogance of Magnifico and the sisters starts to make Ramiros blood boil. Cenerentola begs him to show mercy, and she and the prince leave together.
Now that shes a princess, Cenerentola announces in her new- found happiness that Don Magnifico and her two step sisters must be forgiven and welcomed as friends. Amazed by her compassion, all agree that no one deserves to be princess more than Cenerentola, who vows that her days of slavery are finally over!
Rossini made writing opera seem so easy. He was just 24 when he wrote his greatest hit, The Barber of Seville, dashing it off within a couple of weeks. A year later, he created La Cenerentola (Cinderella) in the space of three weeks (although he did speed things up by recycling a few bits from his earlier works).
Rossini also makes listening to opera very easy – his music is wonderfully tuneful and infectious. But it is fiendishly difficult to sing, with acrobatic coloratura and rapid-fire patter that demand fearless singers with phenomenal vocal athleticism. As one critic put it, La Cenerentola is opera of the Italian bel canto (beautiful singing) ilk, meaning rich vocal tone, smooth phrasing, and beastly difficult coloratura demands. And said demands apply to all vocal types, from growly basses to stratospheric sopranos. Everybody gets their crack at florid vocal runs and bouncy ornamentation. As a result, a performance of Cinderella is a little like riding a rollercoaster – part of the thrill is knowing the wheels could come off at the next hairpin turn!
Saturday, Sep 17, 2016
Sunday, Sep 18, 2016
Performing Arts Center
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Dylan F. Thomas
Shira Renee Thomas