Cendrillon – the enchanting Cinderella
Massenet’s sparkling Cinderella looks back to Charles Perrault’s original story in all its richness and ambiguity.
Cendrillon, Danielle de Niese © Richard Hubert Smith
Transformed for just one night, Cendrillon captures the Prince’s heart at the royal ball. Will she find a way to escape domestic drudgery and reclaim her beloved? With a little help from her Fairy Godmother, she just might.
With its combination of enchanting love story and broad, burlesque comedy, Cendrillon is one of the great operatic fairy tales – a Cinderella that looks back to Charles Perrault’s original story in all its richness and ambiguity. Massenet’s sensuous Belle Epoque fairy tale is gilded with lavish orchestral textures and glittering vocal writing, drawing on everything from baroque dances to Wagner-inspired chromaticism to bring its story to colourful life, conjuring a world of infinite musical and emotional variety.
Fiona Shaw’s original Tour production makes its Glyndebourne Festival debut here, re-directed by Fiona Dunn and conducted by John Wilson, with a cast led by Glyndebourne favourites Danielle de Niese as Cendrillon and Kate Lindsey as her Prince.
English title Cinderella
Director Fiona Shaw
Conductor John Wilson
Soloist Danielle de Niese
Soloist Kate Lindsey
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