Sweet-natured Cinderella lives the life of a servant at the home of her downtrodden father and cruel stepmother, teased and tormented by her two foolish stepsisters.
Will she make it to the ball to meet the handsome Prince? With a little help from her fairy-godmother, she just might.
A glittering comic opera celebrating the power of fantasy, Cinderella is Jules Massenet’s musical fairytale. An enchanting retelling of the familiar Cinderella story, it balances the exquisite beauty of its romantic and fantasy scenes with deft, witty portraits of Cinderella’s stepmother and stepsisters. The most successful French opera composer of the turn of the century, Massenet’s blend of colourful characters, generous melodies and sumptuous orchestral textures is both heady and bewitching.
Fiona Shaw, whose Rape of Lucretia for Glyndebourne (2013) was a hit, praised by both critics and audiences, directs a new production created especially for the Glyndebourne Tour.
There will be a pre-performance talk for Cinderella that is free to attend and will last 45 minutes. The talk will end 30 minutes before the start of the performance.
Dates and times
Wednesday 31 October, 6.00pm
Speaker: Assistant Director, Fiona Dunn in conversation with Glyndebourne Opera Content Consultant, Alexandra Coghlan
How to book
Places for our pre-performance talks are limited. Bookings can be made online when booking the related performance or by telephone +44 (0)1273 815 000.
Join our Glass Slipper Circle and be part of a dedicated group of supporters bringing Massenet’s Cinderella to Glyndebourne for the first time ever. Find out more about supporting the production as part of the circle.
Glyndebourne 13 October 2018 Glyndebourne 20 October 2018 Glyndebourne 22 October 2018 Glyndebourne 25 October 2018 Glyndebourne 28 October 2018 Glyndebourne 31 October 2018 Glyndebourne 03 November 2018
Canterbury, The Marlowe Theatre 7 November 2018 7.15pm Canterbury, The Marlowe Theatre 10 November 2018 7.15pm
Norwich, Theatre Royal 14 November 2018 7.15pm Norwich, Theatre Royal 17 November 2018 7.15pm
Woking, New Victoria Theatre 23 November 2018 7.15pm
Milton Keynes Theatre 28 November 2018 7.15pm Milton Keynes Theatre 1 December 2018 7.15pm
Cast and creative team
Conductor Duncan Ward / Jack Ridley (7 Nov)
Director Fiona Shaw
Set Designer Jon Bausor
Costume Designer Nicky Gillibrand
Choreographer Sarah Fahie
Lighting Designer Anna Watson
Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra Leader Richard Milone
The Glyndebourne Chorus Chorus Master Nicholas Jenkins
Assistant Conductor Jack Ridley
Language Coach Florence Daguerre de Hureaux
Supertitles Cori Ellison
Assistant Director Fiona Dunn
Staff Director Rachael Hewer
Assistant to the Choreographer Caitlin Fretwell Walsh
Cast in order of appearance
Pandolfe William Dazeley / Lionel Lhote (25, 28 October)
Madame de la Haltière Agnes Zwierko
Noémie Eduarda Melo
Dorothée Kezia Bienek
Cinderella (Cendrillon) Alix Le Saux
The Fairy Caroline Wettergreen
First Spirit Suzanne Fischer*
Second Spirit Jacquelyn Parker*
Third Spirit Jennifer Witton*
Fourth Spirit Leslie Davis*
Fifth Spirit Rhiain Taylor*
Sixth Spirit Eirlys Myfanwy Davies*
Prince Charming Eléonore Pancrazi
The Master of Ceremonies Romanas Kudriašovas*
The Dean Anthony Osborne*
The Prime Minister Michael Wallace*
The King Adam Marsden
* Soloist from the Glyndebourne Chorus
** Member of the Glyndebourne Chorus