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Oct. 19, 20, 23, 25, 26, 27, 30
& Nov. 1, 2019

Oct. 19, 20, 23, 25, 26, 27, 30
& Nov. 1, 2019

A Charming Take on a Classic Tale

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Wed 7:30PM

 

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Wed 7:30PM

 

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Fri 7:30PM

 

Overview

Fun and colorful. A lively, romantic show—a true fairy tale.”

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By Gioachino Rossini

With show-stopping vocal fireworks from start to finish, Rossini’s Cinderella combines a beloved story, virtuosic score, and stunning visuals for a night of levity and laughter. Sparkling ball gowns and bubbly music abound in this charming tale of kindness, love, and forgiveness.

Inspired by the whimsical worlds of Charles Dickens and Tim Burton, director Lindy Hume sets the familiar classic in and around a Victorian emporium filled with period costumes, multi-level sets, and unexpected twists. Audience favorite Ginger Costa-Jackson (Carmen in our 2019 Carmen) returns as Cinderella, alternating with Canadian mezzo soprano Wallis Giunta. 

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Cinderella, San Diego Opera, 2016 © J. Katarzyna Woronowicz Johnson

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Cinderella, San Diego Opera, 2016 © J. Katarzyna Woronowicz Johnson

In Italian with English Subtitles | at McCaw Hall
Performance Time: 2 hours and 55 minutes including 1 intermission

 

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Synopsis

ACT I
Don Magnifico’s Mansion. As Angelina (known as “Cenerentola”) slaves away for Clorinda and Tisbe, her half-sisters, she sings a haunting refrain. An old beggar—really Alidoro, the Prince’s tutor in disguise—offends Clorinda and Tisbe by asking for charity. Cenerentola secretly gives him food, so he thanks her and promises her fate will soon change. A group of courtiers announces that at a ball that very evening, Prince Ramiro will choose a bride. Chaos erupts at the news.

The commotion awakens the Baron, Don Magnifico, interrupting a happy dream that he goes on to interpret (aria: “Miei rampolli femminini). His daughters tell him about the ball, and he urges them to don their finest clothes.

Prince Ramiro then enters, disguised as his own servant. When his dying father demanded Ramiro take a bride, the prince concealed his identity, hoping to find a woman who can love him for himself, not for his status. The “servant” meets the lovely serving-girl Cenerentola; they fall in love at first sight and sing the duet “Un soave non so che”.

Enter Dandini, really Ramiro’s servant but now masquerading as the Prince himself, to escort Don Magnifico’s daughters to the ball (aria: “Come un’ape”). Cenerentola asks permission to attend the ball, but Don Magnifico dismisses her. The company sets out, leaving Cenerentola behind. Alidoro returns and, in the aria “Là del ciel” tells Cenerentola that she will indeed go to the ball.

The Palace Garden. Don Magnifico finds himself appointed Royal Wine Steward. Meanwhile, Dandini, still pretending to be the Prince, tells Clorinda and Tisbe he can marry only one of them, and suggests the other marry his servant. The sisters are appalled by this proposal. A mysterious beauty, escorted by Alidoro, crashes the party. When she lifts her veil, the sisters feel that she looks too much like Cenerentola to be considered competition.

ACT II
Inside the Palace. Don Magnifico and his daughters are discussing the mysterious lady at the ball and fantasizing about what life will be like when the Prince weds Clorinda or Tisbe. Meanwhile, Dandini (posing as the Prince) professes his love for Cenerentola, whereupon she confesses to loving his servant (really Ramiro). Ramiro is overjoyed, but mystified when she gives him one of two bracelets she wears—he is to search for a young woman wearing the other. If he still wants her when he finds out who she really is, she will marry him. She leaves him, and Ramiro immediately reassumes his true identity and, in the aria “Si, ritrovarla io giuro,” sets off to find his true love. Dandini takes great pleasure in telling Don Magnifico that neither of his daughters will wed the Prince—and that he himself is really just a servant.

Don Magnifico’s Mansion. Don Magnifico, Clorinda, and Tisbe return home, disappointed and angry. They find Cenerentola still doing chores. At the climax of a storm, Dandini and Prince Ramiro enter in search of shelter; their carriage has been blown over. Cenerentola is astonished to discover that her handsome servant is really the Prince; and he is flabbergasted to find the missing bracelet on her arm. All are surprised and bewildered, save only Dandini, who enjoys everyone else’s confusion to no end (sextet: “Questo è un nodo”). Ramiro vows he will wed Cenerentola and threatens to punish Magnifico, Clorinda, and Tisbe for their misdeeds.

Prince Ramiro’s Throne Room. In the aria “Nacqui all’affano” Cenerentola pardons her stepfather and his daughters and ascends the throne. Everyone hails her goodness and majesty.

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Cast

Ginger Costa-Jackson

Cinderella

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Cinderella, Cinderella, Musetta, La bohème, and Three Singing Sisters

Hometown: Palermo, Sicily
Seattle Opera Debut: Dorabella, Così fan tutte (’18)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Carmen, Carmen ('19)
Recently: Rosina, The Barber of Seville (Opera de Toulon); Carmen, Carmen (New National Theatre Tokyo); Maddalena, Rigoletto (Los Angeles Opera)
Upcoming: Cherubino, The Marriage of Figaro (La Monnaie) Despina, Cosi fan Tutte, (Opéra de Paris); Musetta, La bohème (Seattle Opera)

Last Updated: August 2019

Ginger Costa-Jackson

Cinderella

Oct. 19, 25, 27, & Nov. 1

Wallis Giunta

Cinderella

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Cinderella, Cinderella

Hometown: Canada
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Idamante, Idomeneo (Opera Atelier), Cherubino, The Marriage of Figaro (The Grange Festival), Dodo, Breaking the Waves (Scottish Opera / Edinburgh International Festival)
Upcoming: Bradamante, Alcina (Deutsche Oper am Rhein), Seso, Cesare (Boston Lyric Opera)

Last Updated: August 2019

Wallis Giunta

Cinderella

Seattle Opera Debut
Oct. 20, 23, 26, & 30

Michele Angelini

Don Ramiro

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Don Ramiro, Cinderella

Hometown: New York, NY
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Idreno, Semiramide (Bayerische Staatsoper); Don Ramiro, Cinderella (Teatro dell'Opera di Roma); Conte Almaviva,The Barber of Seville (Théâtre des Champs-Élysées)
Upcoming: Conte di Libenskof, Il viaggio a Reims (Oper Köln); Riccardo Percy, Anna Bolena (Lithuanian National Opera Theatre); Idreno, Semiramide (Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra)

Last Updated: August 2019

Michele Angelini

Don Ramiro

Seattle Opera Debut
Oct. 19, 25, 27, & Nov. 1

Matthew Grills

Don Ramiro

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Don Ramiro, Cinderella

Hometown: Newtown, CT
Seattle Opera Debut: Count Almaviva, The Barber of Seville (’17)
Recently: Ernesto, Don Pasquale (Berkshire Opera Festival); Belmonte, The Abduction from the Seraglio (Opera San Jose); Kedril, From the House of the Dead (Bayerische Staatsoper)
Upcoming: Count Almaviva, The Barber of Seville (Utah Opera); Loud Stone, Aucoin’s Eurydice (world premiere - Los Angeles Opera); First Waiter, Der Rosenkavalier (Metropolitan Opera)

Last Updated: August 2019

Matthew Grills

Don Ramiro

Oct. 20, 23, 26, & 30

Joo Won Kang

Dandini

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Dandini, Cinderella

Hometown: Gunsan City, Korea
Seattle Opera Debut: Nourabad, The Pearl Fishers (‘15)
Recently: Figaro, The Barber of Seville (Fort Worth Opera); Ping, Turandot (San Francisco Opera); Germont, La Traviata (Opera Theatre of Saint Louis)
Upcoming: Marcello, La bohème (Arizona Opera); Washington National Opera debut

Last Updated: August 2019

Joo Won Kang

Dandini

Oct. 19, 25, 27, & Nov. 1

Jonathan Michie

Dandini

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Dandini, Cinderella

Hometown: Rochester, NY
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Figaro, The Barber of Seville (Oper Leipzig); Count Almaviva, The Marriage of Figaro (Florida Grand Opera); Donald, Billy Budd (Teatro dell'Opera di Roma)
Upcoming: Figaro, The Barber of Seville (Israeli Opera); Graf Rochester, Zum Großadmiral (Münchner Rundfunkorchester); Marcello, La bohème (Oper Leipzig)

Last Updated: August 2019

Jonathan Michie

Dandini

Seattle Opera Debut
Oct. 20, 23, 26, & 30

Peter Kalman

Don Magnifico

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Don Magnifico, Cinderella

Hometown: Budapest, Hungary
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Bartolo, The Barber of Seville (Théâtre des Champs-Élysées); Mustafà, L'italiana in Algeri (Salzburg Whitsun Festival); Alberich, Der Ring des Nibelungen (Müpa Budapest)
Upcoming: Mustafà, L'italiana in Algeri (Théâtre des Champs-Élysées); Don Pasquale, Don Pasquale (Salzburger Festspiele); Alberich, Der Ring des Nibelungen (Müpa Budapest)

Last Updated: August 2019

Peter Kalman

Don Magnifico

Seattle Opera Debut
Oct. 19, 20, 23, 25, 26, 27, 30, & Nov. 1

Miriam Costa-Jackson

Clorinda

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Clorinda, Cinderella and Three Singing Sisters

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Micaela, Carmen (Phoenicia Festival of the Voice); Queen of the Night, The Magic Flute (Brigham Young University)

Last Updated: August 2019

Miriam Costa-Jackson

Clorinda

Seattle Opera Debut
Oct. 19, 20, 23, 25, 26, 27, 30, & Nov. 1

Maya Gour

Tisbe

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Tisbe, Cinderella

Hometown: Tel Aviv, Israel
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Lucretia, The Rape of Lucretia (Oslo Opera House); The Stewardess, Flight (Opera Parallele); Pippo, La Gazza Ladra (Teatro Nuovo)

Last Updated: August 2019

Maya Gour

Tisbe

Seattle Opera Debut
Oct. 19, 20, 23, 25, 26, 27, 30, & Nov. 1

Adam Lau

Alidoro

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Alidoro, Cinderella

Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Seattle Opera Debut: Papa, Makoto Kobayashi, An American Dream (’15)
Previously at Seattle Opera: The Speaker, The Magic Flute (’17); Ferrando, Il trovatore ('19); Kōbun Chino Otogawa, The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs ('19)
Recently: Ferrando, Il Trovatore (Seattle Opera); Creon, Medea (Wexford Festival); Sarastro, The Magic Flute (Kentucky Opera)
Upcoming: Raimondo, Lucia is Lammermoor (Lyric Opera of Kansas City); Basilio, The Barber of Seville (Dallas Opera); Bass Soloist, Messiah (Carnegie Hall)

Last Updated: August 2019

Adam Lau

Alidoro

Oct. 19, 20, 23, 25, 26, 27, 30, & Nov. 1

Cast

Creative Team

Gary Thor Wedow

Conductor

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Cinderella

Hometown: LaPorte, IN
Seattle Opera Debut: Giulio Cesare (’07)
Previously at Seattle Opera: The Marriage of Figaro (’15); Semele (’15), Don Giovanni (’14); La voix humaine/Suor Angelica (’13)
Recently: Semele (Opera Philadelphia); Don Pasquale (Pittsburgh Opera); Coronation of Poppea (Cincinnati Opera)
Upcoming: Abduction from the Seraglio (Opera Omaha); Barber of Seville (Utah Opera); Giulio Cesare (Boston Lyric Opera)

Last Updated: August 2019

Gary Thor Wedow

Conductor

Lindy Hume

Director

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Rigoletto, Cinderella

Hometown: Sydney, Australia 
Seattle Opera Debut: Count Ory (’16)
Previously at Seattle Opera: The Barber of Seville (’17)
Recently: Athalia (Opera Australia); Carmen (West Australian Opera); Don Giovanni (Opera Queensland)
Upcoming: Cinderella (Seattle Opera); Carmen (Oper Leipzig); La bohème (Staatsoper Unter den Linden)

Last Updated: July 2019

Lindy Hume

Director

Dan Potra

Production Designer

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Cinderella

Hometown: Sydney, Australia
Seattle Opera Debut: Count Ory (’16)
Recently: The Misanthrope (Bell Shakespeare); The Adventures of Peter Pan and Scrooge the Musical (Music Hall, Belgium)
Upcoming: Beauty and the Beast (Malmo Opera); Brett Whitely (Opera Australia)

Last Updated: August 2019

Dan Potra

Production Designer

Matthew Marshall

Lighting Designer

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Cinderella

Hometown: Sydney, Australia
Seattle Opera Debut: The Barber of Seville (’17)
Recently: Athalia (Opera Australia, Sydney); La bohème (Opera Australia, Sydney); Carmen (Oper Leipzig)
Upcoming: Turn of the Screw (New Zealand Opear, Auckland)

Last Updated: August 2019

Matthew Marshall

Lighting Designer

John Keene

Chorusmaster

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Rigoletto, Cinderella, Eugene Onegin, La bohème

Hometown: Lancaster, PA
Seattle Opera Debut: Chorusmaster, Fidelio (’12)
Recently: Conductor, As One (Seattle Opera); Chorusmaster, Rigoletto (Seattle Opera); Assistant Conductor, Der Ring des Nibelungen (Seattle Opera)
Upcoming: Chorusmaster, Cinderella and Eugene Onegin (Seattle Opera); Judge, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions; Pianist, Three Singing Sisters (Seattle Opera)

Last updated: August 2019

John Keene

Chorusmaster

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Main Image © Philip Newton | Photos: Cinderella, San Diego Opera, 2016 © J. Katarzyna Woronowicz Johnson