Libretto by after Cendrillon by
Production from Houston Grand Opera
Rossini's popular retelling of Charles Perrault's beloved Cinderella story adds a few fabulous twists to the traditional fairy tale, a perfect springtime treat for the entire family. In this bright and whimsical production by Spanish director Joan Font and his performance troupe Els Comediants, a kindhearted girl named Angelina dreams of one day escaping her impoverished stepfather's castle. When the prince announces he'll choose his bride at a glamorous ball, she seizes the opportunity to escape the tyranny of her vain stepsisters and take control of her own destiny.
Audiences of all ages will delight in this clever romantic comedy featuring bracelets instead of glass slippers, a philosophical tutor in place of a fairy godmother, and six adorable dancing rats that serve as a makeshift Greek chorus. Considered one of his finest vocal works, Rossini's opera glows with captivating bel canto singing and ornate ensemble passages performed by a thrilling cast of young talents, including American mezzo-soprano and 2013 Richard Tucker Award winner Isabel Leonard alternating in the title role with celebrated Irish mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught in her U.S. debut.
Gifted conductor Speranza Scappucci makes her WNO debut leading the orchestra in a "marvelously perfect show" (Los Angeles Daily News) that has enchanted audiences from Seattle to Toronto to Barcelona with its witty characterizations, rainbow-bright costumes, and rags-to-riches ending that celebrates the power of love and forgiveness.
Angelina (Cenerentola): (May 9, 13, 16, 19, 21) / * (May 11, 15, 17m)
Don Ramiro: (May 9, 13, 16, 19, 21) / (May 11, 15, 17m)
Don Magnifico: (May 9, 11, 13, 16, 19, 21) / (May 15, 17m)
Set and Costume Designer:
* WNO debut
** Current Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist
^ Former Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist
In Italian with projected English titles. Titles may not be visible from the rear of the orchestra.
Performance Timing: Act I - 95 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Act II - 58 min.
Washington National Opera:Cinderella
Saturday, May 09, 2015 - Thursday, May 21, 2015
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Informative and entertaining, Opera Insights take you inside the composer's mind, behind the scenes of planning a production, and into the history and social context of each opera.
These lectures are free, but patrons must present a ticket from any performance of Cinderella.
Join WNO artists for a unique opportunity to ask questions about the production.
All discussions begin immediately after the performance and are free with your ticket.