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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Cast and 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
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
*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.