La Cenerentola (Cinderella)
Guest performance by the Danish National Opera
Co-production with Opera Holland Park
A beautiful young woman dressed in rags, slaving as a servant for her cruel stepfamily. She meets a handsome prince in Rossini’s wonderfully life-embracing opera
Rossini's warm-hearted opera The Barber of Seville could be experienced in 2011 on a national tour with the Danish National Opera. Now, in two guest performances at the Old Stage, the Danish National Opera returns with Rossini’s joyous La Cenerentola (Cinderella).
Rossini created this audience favourite at age 25 in the course of just three inspired and creative weeks. Rossini deftly interweaves his opera with the plot of the Cinderella fairy tale, replacing the evil stepmother with an evil stepfather.
The fairy godmother becomes a philosophical teacher, and Cinderella does not lose a glass slipper, but a bracelet. The opera presents ugly sisters, a handsome prince, the lovable valet Dandini, and some of the most impressive arias in the operatic genre.
La Cenerentola is the perfect opportunity for a fairy tale opera evening redolent with enchanting music and an international cast conducted by Italian Manlio Benzi.