La Cenerentola Postponed
January 28, 2022
In response to the continued prevalence of the Omicron variant in the community and our responsibility to provide a safe environment for the artists, musicians, crew, staff, and our patrons, the company has decided to postpone La Cenerentola, scheduled for April 2, 5, and 8. This comic take on the fairy tale classic, Cinderella, will instead be presented in 2022/23, our 50th anniversary season.
The rehearsal process starts months in advance of when the curtain rises. The chorus rehearsals were to begin this month, with stage management starting work in early March, and artists arriving mid-March. As we assessed the risk of rehearsing upwards of 30 artists in the rehearsal hall at one time, it became clear that it would be virtually impossible to ensure a safe work environment over this time period.
As well, we also need to minimize exposure to financial risk to the organization so that we have a healthy company in place when we return to producing fully staged productions.
Finally, by making the decision now to postpone, we have sufficient time to organize alternative programming for that time slot, rather than not have any programming in place at all.
To that end, we are pleased to announce that we will be presenting a concert of opera favourites on Saturday, April 2. With a smaller cast and crew, a concert presents fewer risks than a fully staged production. The WSO will be situated on the stage rather than in the confines of the pit, and if an artist is unable to perform, it is less likely that the entire show would have to be cancelled.
The concert will be available to enjoy in person at the Centennial Concert Hall (seat availability will be subject to Public Health restrictions in place at that time), or from the comfort of your home with our livestream feed. More details on this event will be announced soon.
If you have tickets to La Cenerentola, you will be contacted directly on how those are being processed or you can complete the ticket response form below.
(Cinderella or Goodness Triumphant)
Disguises, Enchanting Music,
& Sheer Fun
Music by Gioachino Rossini | Libretto by Jacopo Ferretti
Based on Cendrillion by Charles Perrault
Last performed by Manitoba Opera in 1996
A Cinderella Story
In this variation of the beloved fairy tale Cendrillon, La Cenerentola (pronounced “Chen – erentola”) 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 sisters. The fairy godmother is replaced by Alidoro, a mysterious philosopher and the prince’s tutor who comes to her aid.
When she and the prince (disguised as a servant) meet, it is love at first sight. However, despite her stepsisters’ best efforts, it is Cenerentola who wins the hand of the prince – her goodness alone suffices. Along the way from servant to princess, she overcomes many obstacles with pluck and courage, defying everyone who stands in her way. And even though her family has been cruel, the resilient Cenerentola forgives them and finds happiness with her new husband.
Rossini’s take on the classic fairy tale, Cinderella, is considered to be one of his greatest operatic achievements. It features some of his finest writing for solo voice and ensembles. The music is delightfully tuneful, lighthearted, and spirited.
- Cinderella’s two popular arias: “Una volta c’era un re” and “Ah prence, io cado ai vostri pie” are more challenging than any music Rossini had composed previously.
- The great buffo aria, “Miei ramipoli” in which Don Magnifico complains of being awakened by noisy people.
- The Cenerentola and Ramiro duet proclaiming their attraction to each other, “Un soave non-so che”
Sung in Italian with projected English translations
Designed by Deanna Finnman (for Edmonton Opera)
Opera is Calling Us Together
Listen in on a recent call with directors Jacqueline Loewen and Rob Herriot.
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