• Details

    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.

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

  • Cast and creative team

    Creative team

    Conductor John Wilson

    Director Fiona Shaw

    Orchestra London Philharmonic Orchestra

    Cast includes

    Cendrillon Danielle de Niese

    Le Prince Charmant Kate Lindsey

    La Fée Nina Minasyan

    Madame de la Haltière Agnes Zwierko

    Pandolfe Lionel Lhote