LA CENERENTOLA

PALAIS GARNIER

DATES

NOV 23, 28

DEC 1, 3, 6, 9, 11, 13, 17, 20, 24, 26

CAST

Conductor: Evelino Pidò
Director: Guillaume Gallienne
Artistic collaboration: Marie Lambert
Set design: Éric Ruf
Costume design: Olivier Bériot
Lighting design: Bertrand Couderc
Chorus master: José Luis Basso
Choreography: Glyslein Lefever

Don Ramiro: Lawrence Brownlee
Dandini: Florian Sempey
Don Magnifico: Alessandro Corbelli
Clorinda: Chiara Skerath
Tisbe: Isabelle Druet
Angelina: Marianne Crebassa
Alidoro: Adam Plachetka

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ABOUT THE OPERA

Composer: Gioacchino Rossini – Librettist: Jacopo Ferretti

First performance: Roma, Teatro Valle, 25 January 1817

The subject of Rossini’s opera La Cenerentola was found by chance, according to librettist Jacopo Ferretti. In his memoirs, Ferretti tells that he suggested the story of Cenerentola absent-mindedly, but Rossini became enthusiastic over it and immediately after the librettist had to write down the text. The charming story of Cenerentola, a mild and sweet orphan ill-treated by two half-sisters and stepfather and who finally marries a prince, is finely depicted in Rossini’s music: from the frailty of the protagonist to the capriciousness of the sisters to humorous aspects in cocky Dandini (Prince Ramiro’s servant) and in Don Magnifico. A curiosity: Rossini and Ferretti substituted the shoe of the original story with a bracelet to avoid censorship, even though malicious persons spread rumors that the change was due to the deformity of the foot of the first singer of Cerenetola, mezzosoprano Gertude Righetti-Giorgi.


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