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Cinderella

Conducted by

James Conlon

A delightful romantic comedy

The Legendary Love Story...With a Twist!

Overview

In her impoverished stepfather's castle, a kindhearted girl dreams of escaping the tyranny of her vain stepsisters. When the prince announces that he will choose his bride at a glamorous ball, she seizes the opportunity to take control of her own destiny.

Rossini's warmhearted retelling of the Cinderella story is a delightfully romantic comedy, brought to life by the dazzling vocal fireworks of an exciting young cast and a production new to Los Angeles! Conducted by James Conlon.

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Co-production of Houston Grand Opera and Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona).

Special underwriting support from The Seaver Endowment and the Jane and Peter Hemmings Productions Fund, a gift of the Flora L. Thornton Trust.

 

**Best seats and pricing available for the 4/3 performance.

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Schedule

  • Saturday March 23, 2013 07:30 PM
  • Thursday March 28, 2013 07:30 PM
  • Sunday March 31, 2013 04:00 PM
  • Wednesday April 03, 2013 07:30 PM
  • Sunday April 07, 2013 02:00 PM
  • Saturday April 13, 2013 07:30 PM

Cast

Creative Team

* LA Opera debut artist
++ Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program alumnus

Synopsis

ACT I

In the hall of Don Magnifico's castle, Angelina, known as Cinderella, works while her two stepsisters, Clorinda and Tisbe, admire themselves. A beggar arrives at the door. The stepsisters spurn him, but Cinderella offers him food and drink. What no one knows is that the beggar is really Alidoro, Prince Ramiro's tutor, on a fact-finding mission for the prince, who is in the neighborhood looking for a bride.

Shortly thereafter, Prince Ramiro himself arrives, disguised as his own squire. He is impressed with Cinderella's beauty and tells the family that the Prince will arrive shortly to personally make an important announcement. Ramiro's squire Dandini enters, declaring himself to be the prince. Deceived by this reversal of roles, Don Magnifico presents Clorinda and Tisbe to Dandini, who tells them he will be hosting a ball in order to select a worthy bride. He invites all of the eligible young women in the house to his palace.

Privately, Don Magnifico tells Cinderella that he will not allow her to attend the ball. Later, when Don Magnifico and the stepsisters have left for the ball, Alidoro returns, still dressed as a beggar. He removes his disguise, provides the astonished Cinderella with a gown and a carriage, and takes her to the palace.

At the royal palace, Prince Ramiro and Dandini, still disguised as each other, entertain Don Magnifico. Don Magnifico feels certain that the Ramiro will select one of his daughters as his bride; Clorinda and Tisbe compete for his attention. The arrival of a beautiful woman-who bears an amazing resemblance to Cinderella-heightens everyone's anxiety.

 

ACT II

Prince Ramiro is taken with this mysterious new arrival, and contemplates her similarity to the serving-girl he met earlier that day. He approaches Cinderella and she gives him a bracelet, promising that when he finds the girl wearing the matching bracelet, she will marry him if he chooses. She then leaves.

At Ramiro's instructions, Dandini explains to Don Magnifico that he is not, in fact, the prince, but the prince's squire. He throws the protesting Don Magnifico out of the palace.

Later, back at Don Magnifico's castle, Cinderella is tending to the fireplace when her stepsisters and Don Magnifico dejectedly return from the ball. As the prince searches for Cinderella, a fortuitous storm causes the prince's carriage to get stuck outside Magnifico's house. Ramiro and Dandini take shelter inside, and Ramiro immediately recognizes his beloved. Cinderella is surprised to learn that Ramiro, whom she believed to be a squire, is in fact the prince.

Prince Ramiro recognizes the bracelet that Cinderella is wearing and chooses her for his bride, denouncing Don Magnifico and the stepsisters for their ill treatment of her. Cinderella pleads for reconciliation, and all ends happily.

RUNNING TIME

Two hours and 55 minutes, including one intermission.
Evening performances: 7:30-10:25 p.m. (approximately)
Matinee performances: 2:00-4:55 p.m. (approximately) 
4:00-6:55 p.m. (approximately)

Articles

Multimedia

  • Cinderella (La Cenerentola)

    LA Opera: March 20, 2013

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    In this edition of LA Opera's Behind the Curtain podcast, Brian Lauritzen talks to mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey who is singing the role of Cinderella/Angelina in Rossini's Cinderella (La Cenerentola). Lindsey talks about the state of opera in America, the athleticism of singing Rossini and about what draws her to the stage.
Pre-performance lectures are generously sponsored by the Flora L. Thornton Foundation and the Opera League of Los Angeles.

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