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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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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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In Italian with English Subtitles | at McCaw Hall
Performance Time: 2 hours and 50 minutes including 1 intermission

 

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Synopsis

ACT I
Don Magnifico's vain daughters, Clorinda and Tisbe, are primping. Their stepsister, Cinderella (whose real name is Angelina) sings a song about a long-ago king who chose a good and innocent bride. When a beggar (actually Prince Ramiro’s tutor, Alidoro) appears, the stepsisters chase him away but Cinderella makes him welcome. There is an announcement that Prince Ramiro, in search of the most beautiful girl in the land to be his bride, will soon pay a visit. The sisters order Cinderella to get them ready to receive him, and their squabbling wakes Don Magnifico. In so doing, they have interrupted a dream, which he interprets to mean that good fortune will soon visit the family. His premonition seems vindicated when he learns of the Prince’s visit. Magnifico exhorts the girls to capture the Prince's heart to save the family fortunes.

Disguised as his own valet, the Prince arrives alone so that he can observe the women of the household incognito. He meets Cinderella and is enchanted. Dandini (the real valet) arrives disguised as the Prince, enjoying his new status, and invites the fawning sisters to a ball. Cinderella begs her stepfather to take her too but Magnifico brutally orders her to stay at home, to Ramiro's shock. Alidoro, now in his true identity, questions Don Magnifico about his third daughter. Magnifico tells Alidoro that she is dead. After everyone except Cinderella has left, Alidoro reveals his identity and transforms her for the ball. At the palace, Magnifico discovers the wine cellar. Clorinda and Tisbe continue chasing Dandini, but scornfully reject Ramiro. All are enchanted by the arrival of a mysterious, veiled lady. When she unmasks they are struck by her uncanny resemblance to Cinderella.

ACT II
Ramiro is smitten with the newly arrived guest. He overhears Cinderella refusing Dandini’s attentions because she loves his ‘valet’ and delightedly steps forth to declare himself. Cinderella gives him one of a pair of matching bracelets, saying he will find her wearing its twin. Then she rushes away. After she leaves, Ramiro relinquishes his false identity and vows to find her. Dandini, now reduced to his former servant status, smashes Magnifico’s dreams of grandeur and turns him out of the palace.

Returning home, Magnifico and the sisters resume their cruel treatment of Cinderella as a storm hits. Dandini appears at the door telling them that the Prince’s carriage has overturned outside. Cinderella realizes her "valet" is Prince Ramiro; he in turn recognizes her bracelet. Don Magnifico, Clorinda and Tisbe can hardly believe their ears when Ramiro announces that Cinderella is to be his bride. Cinderella intercedes to protect her stepfather and stepsisters in the face of Ramiro’s anger.

After the wedding, Cinderella persuades the Prince to pardon her family. As the people welcome their new Princess, Cinderella reflects on her dramatic change in fortune and rejoices.

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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: Rigoletto ('19); The Barber of Seville (’17)
Recently: The Barber of Seville (New Zealand Opera); Carmen (Oper Leipzig); Don Giovanni (Opera Queensland)
Upcoming: The Barber of Seville (State Opera South Australia)

Last Updated: October 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

Daniel Pelzig

Associate Director & Choreographer

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Rigoletto, Cinderella

Hometown: New York, NY
Seattle Opera Debut: Salome (’01)
Previously at Seattle Opera: The Barber of Seville ('17); Count Ory (’16); Iphigénie en Tauride (’07)
Recently: Director, Le Médecin malgre Lui (Odyssey Opera); Director, The Mikado (Kentucky Opera); Choreographer, Romeo and Juliet (Huntington Theatre)
Upcoming: Professor of Theatre and Dance, Boston Conservatory at Berklee; Associate Director & Choreographer Cinderella (Seattle Opera); Stage Director, Merrie England (Odyssey Opera, Boston)

Last updated: July 2019

Daniel Pelzig

Associate Director & Choreographer

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

Creative Team

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Orchestra

Violin I
Eduardo Rios, Concertmaster
Mariel Bailey
Blayne Barnes
Cecilia Poellein Buss
Timothy Garland, Asst. Concermaster
Elizabeth Phelps
Clark Story
Jeannie Wells Yablonsky

Violin II
Kathleen Boyer, Principal
Sydney Adedamola
Brittany Breeden
Artur Girsky, Asst. Principal
Caitlin Kelley
Victoria Parker

Viola
Susan Gulkis Assadi, Principal
Timothy Hale, Asst. Principal
Aaron Conitz
Kayleigh Miller
Laura Renz
Rachel Swerdlow

Cello
Meeka Quan DiLorenzo, Principal
Bruce Bailey
Roberta Hansen Downey, Asst. Principal
Walter Gray

Bass
Jordan Anderson, Principal
Sam Casseday
William Langlie-Miletich, Asst. Principal

Flute/Piccolo
Jeffrey Barker, Principal
Robin Peery

Oboe
Ben Hausmann, Principal
Stefan Farkas

Clarinet
Emil Khudyev, Principal
Laura DeLuca

Bassoon
Luke Fieweger, Principal
Dana Jackson Bliss

Horn
Mark Robbins, Principal
Jonathan Karschney

Trumpet
Alexander White, Principal
Michael Myers

Trombone
Ko-ichiro Yamamoto, Principal

Fortepiano
Philip A. Kelsey

Personnel Manager
Scott Wilson

Assistant Personnel Manager
Keith Higgins

Rotating members of the string sections are listed alphabetically.

The Orchestra is composed of members of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. Rotating members of the string section are listed alphabetically.

 

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Tenor
Nathan Barnes
Benjamin Cleveland
Joel Cummings
Andrew Etherington
Jon Farmer
William Gardner
Anthony James
Tim Janecke
Stephen Wall

Bass/Baritone
Michael Dunlap
Craig Garretson
Craig Grayson
Ben Kramer
Dierre Lopez
Zachary Martin
Julian Reisenthel
Jonah Spool
Revere Taylor

 

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