The story of the servant girl magically transformed into a princess is found in the traditional stories of ancient Greece, the Tang dynasty of China, Arabian Nights, as well in the fairytales of Perrault, the Brothers Grimm and –as we all know – Walt Disney. However, in none of these - as far as we know - is there the Hamlet-like question we hear in La Cenerentola: ≪.Am I prince or a cauliflower? ≫. In effect, a century and a half of commedia dell’arte tradition and another of opera buffa had not elapsed in vain for this dramma giocoso exceeded all expectations of its time –the opera reached Constantinople, Buenos Aires, Calcutta and Sydney only a few decades after its premiere in Rome – and its popularity continues to captivate audiences today.
On this occasion, the light-hearted and lively production by Stefan Herheim adds an unexpected ingredient to an exciting mix of humour and fantasy because the composer himself makes an appearance and demonstrates how, in reality, true magic is found in the human voice.
Dramma giocoso in two acts
Music by Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)
Libretto by Jacopo Ferretti, based on the story Cendrillon (1697) by Charles Perrault and in the libretto by Charles-Guillaume Etienne for the opera Cendrillon (1810) by Nicolas Isouard and in that of Francesco Fiorini for the opera Agatina ou la virtù premiata (1814) by Stefano Pavesi.
Premiere in the Theatre Valle de Roma, January 25, 1817
Premiere at the Teatro Real, January 17, 1851
Coproduction of the Den Norske Opera of Oslo and the Opéra National de Lyon
Titular Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Real
Conductor I Riccardo Frizza
Stage Director I Stefan Herheim
Set Design I Stefan Herheim, Daniel Unger
Costume Design I Esther Bialas
Lighting I Phoenix (Andreas Hofer)
Dramaturg I Alexander Meier-Dörzenbach
Video Designers I Fettfilm
Chorus Master I Andrés Máspero
Don Ramiro I Dmitry Korchak
Dandini I Florian Sempey
Don MagnÍfico I Renato Girolami
Clorinda I Rocío Pérez
Tisbe I Carol García
Angelina I Karine Deshayes
Alidoro I Roberto Tagliavini