Manitoba Opera

Lighthearted Music & Sheer Fun!

Saturday, November 12, 7:30pm
Tuesday, November 15, 7:00pm
Friday, November 18, 7:30pm


Music by Gioachino Rossini  |  Libretto by Jacopo Ferretti
Based on Cendrillion by Charles Perrault

Sung in Italian with English projections  |  Last presented by Manitoba Opera in 1996

Running Time: 160m (2h40m)


The Story

Love at First Sight

In this variation of the beloved fairy tale Cinderella, La Cenerentola tells the story of a young woman who is forced to act as a servant to her pompous and mean social-climbing stepfather and ungrateful stepsisters.

When she and the prince (disguised as a servant) meet, it is love at first sight. Along the way from servant to princess, Cenerentola overcomes many obstacles with pluck and courage. And even though her family has been cruel, the resilient Angelina forgives them and finds happiness with her new husband.

The Music

This opera is considered to be one of Rossini’s greatest operatic achievements. It features some of his finest writing for solo voice and ensembles. The music is tuneful, lighthearted, and spirited.

Set & Costumes

The mid-century modern-inspired set is designed by Sheldon Johnson; costumes designed by Deanna Finnman, are provided by Edmonton Opera.