Massenet’s Cinderella opera makes its Festival debut in Fiona Shaw’s thoughtful contemporary updating.
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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.
Fiona Shaw’s 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 and her Prince.
Carol and Paul Collins through Glyndebourne Association America Inc
The Glass Slipper Circle
Cast and creative team
Conductor John Wilson
Director Fiona Shaw
Orchestra London Philharmonic Orchestra
Cendrillon Danielle de Niese
Le Prince Charmant Kate Lindsey
La Fée Nina Minasyan
Madame de la Haltière Agnes Zwierko
Pandolfe Lionel Lhote