(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)
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