• Details

    Massenet’s Cinderella opera makes its Festival debut in a thoughtful contemporary updating.

    Sweet-natured Cendrillon lives the life of a servant with her cruel stepmother, stepsisters and her downtrodden father Pandolfe. Transformed for just one night, she 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 fairytales – a Cinderella that looks back to Charles Perrault’s original story in all its richness and ambiguity. Massenet’s sensuous, Belle Epoque fairytale 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.

    This production makes its Festival debut here conducted by John Wilson, with a cast led by Glyndebourne favourites Danielle de Niese as Cendrillon and Kate Lindsey as her Prince.

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    Supported by
    Dunard Fund
    Carol and Paul Collins through Glyndebourne Association America Inc
    The Glass Slipper Circle

    Image credit: Shadric Toop painted collage/original photography James Bellorini /other images Wikimedia Commons

  • Cast and creative team

    Creative team

    Original production conceived and directed for the Glyndebourne Tour by Fiona Shaw

    Revived and directed for Festival 2019 by Fiona Dunn

    Conductor John Wilson

    Set Designer Jon Bausor

    Costume Designer Nicky Gillibrand

    Lighting Designer Anna Watson

    London Philharmonic Orchestra

    The Glyndebourne Chorus

    Cast includes

    Cendrillon Danielle de Niese

    Le Prince Charmant Kate Lindsey

    La Fée Nina Minasyan

    Pandolfe Lionel Lhote

    Madame de la Haltière Agnes Zwierko / Eirlys Davies (16 June)

    Noémie Eduarda Melo

    Dorothée Julie Pasturaud

  • Dates and times

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    Performance schedule Gardens Performance
    Date Open Start *Long interval Finish Train departs Victoria
    Saturday 8 June  
    3.00 5.00 6.25 9.00 1.46
    Thursday 13 June  
    3.00 5.00 6.25 9.00 1.46
    Sunday 16 June   2.00 4.00 5.25 8.00 12.46
    Thursday 20 June  3.00 5.00 6.25 9.00 1.46
    Sunday 23 June   2.00 4.00 5.25 8.00 12.46
    Tuesday 25 June   3.00 5.00 6.25 9.00 1.46
    Sunday 30 June   2.00 4.00 5.25 8.00 12.46
    Saturday 6 July   3.00 5.00 6.25 9.00 1.46
    Friday 12 July   3.00 5.00 6.25 9.00 1.46
    Tuesday 16 July   3.00 5.00 6.25 9.00 1.46
    Friday 19 July   3.00 5.00 6.25 9.00 1.46
    Thursday 25 July   3.00 5.00 6.25 9.00 1.46
    Sunday 28 July   2.00 4.00 5.25 8.00 12.46
    Friday 2 August   3.00 5.00 6.25 9.00 1.46

    Opening night

    Insider Talk

    Study event

    *Long dining interval
    Our long dining interval lasts for 90 minutes

    Coach service: We provide a free round-trip coach service from Lewes station to Glyndebourne when you arrive on the recommended train detailed in this Performance Schedule, and there will be an additional coach service one hour later. This service is not pre-bookable and it is complimentary if used to and from Glyndebourne; a ticket is issued for your return journey.