Music by GIOACHINO ROSSINI
Libretto by JACOPO FERRETTI
CLINTON SMITH conductor
KATHLEEN CLAWSON stage director
ASHLEY DIXON* mezzo-soprano – Angelina/Cinderella
CARLOS ENRIQUE SANTELLI tenor – Don Ramiro
ANDRE CHIANG* baritone – Dandini
THOMAS HAMMONS bass – Don Magnifico
MAYA VANSUCH* soprano – Clorinda
ANNA CECILIA* mezzo-soprano – Tisbe
*Dayton Opera debut
Set a classic children’s tale to Rossini’s sparkling music, and what do you get? Cenerentola: Cinderella, or Goodness Triumphant. Everyone needs a happy ending once in a while, and its composer knew from the start that he had a winner on his hands. Rossini confidently predicted that his Cenerentola would conquer Italy within a year, then England and France in another. “Impresarios will fight to stage it, and prima-donnas to sing it!,” he wrote.
He was right. Built on the story you already know, this opera adds a few more twists along the way, and characters that to spring to vivacious life. They come complete with human quirks, not to mention wonderful music and cascades of rippling bel canto singing. What’s not to love?
Join countless audiences who have tapped their toes and rocked with laughter at opera’s most madcap romp through this familiar French children’s story. Spoiler alert: like the Prince, you may fall in love with Cinderella, too. Happy endings for everybody! Perfect for the whole family, from your first-time opera-going prince or princess on up.
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