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Cinderella

Overview

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

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By Gioachino Rossini

Rossini’s flowery adaptation of the ultimate rags-to-riches story mixes tenderness and frivolity with fabulous results. From its first class overture to its high-flying “happily ever after” finale, the comedic love story delivers delights by the dozen. Toe-tapping tunes, bright ensembles, colorful characters, and ridiculous situations make this valentine to kindness sparkle with an enchantment all its own.

Inspired by Charles Dickens and the cheeky “panto” shows enjoyed in English music halls, director Lindy Hume sets the fairy tale in and around a Victorian emporium. With costumes and dances reminiscent of Mary Poppins, multi-level sets, and a dash of stage magic, Hume shines a light on the gleaming potential for goodness in a dark world.

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

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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 2018/19: Carmen, Carmen
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)
Recently: Rosina, Le Barbier de Seville (Opera de Toulon); Carmen, Carmen (New National Theatre Tokyo); Maddalena, Rigoletto (Los Angeles Opera)
Upcoming: Carmen, Carmen (San Diego Opera); Carmen, Carmen (Seattle Opera); Helen, La Belle Helene (Odyssey Opera, Boston)

Last Updated: December 2018

 

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: Carmen, Carmen (Oper Leipzig); Rosina, The Barber of Seville (Oper Leipzig); Cherubino, The Marriage of Figaro (Oper Leipzig)
Upcoming: Octavian, Der Rosenkavalier (Oper Leipzig); Idamante, Idomeneo (Opera Atelier), Rossweibe, Die Walkure (Oper Leipzig)

Last Updated: December 2018

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: Il Conte di Libenskof, Il viaggio a Reims (Bolshoi Theatre); Argirio, Tancredi (Fondazione Petruzzelli); Count Almaviva, The Barber of Seville (Le Cercle de l’Harmonie)
Upcoming: Count Almaviva, The Barber of Seville (Staatsoper Under den Linden); Don Ramiro, La cenerentola (Teatro dell’Opera di Roma)

Last Updated: December 2018

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: Danieli, Les Vepres siciliennes (Bayerische Staatsoper); Kedril, Aus einem Totenhaus (Bayerische Staatsoper); Belmonte, The Abduction from the Seraglio (Opera San Jose)

Last Updated: December 2018

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: Cim-Fen, L’Oracolo (Wexford Festival Opera); Germont, La traviata (Opera Theatre of Saint Louis); Manfredo, L’amore dei tre re (New York City Opera)
Upcoming: Papageno, The Magic Flute (Utah Opera); Germont, La traviata (Minnesota Opera);

Last Updated: December 2018

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, Il barbiere di Siviglia (Oper Leipzig); Papageno, Die Zauberflöte (Oper Leipzig); Donald, Billy Budd (Teatro dell'Opera di Roma)
Upcoming: Count Almaviva, Le nozze di Figaro (Florida Grand Opera); Graf Rochester, Zum Großadmiral (Münchner Rundfunkorchester); Marcello, La bohème (Oper Leipzig)

Last Updated: December 2018

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 (Le Cercle de l’Harmonie); Don Magnifico, La cenerentola (Theatre des Champs-Elysees); Alberich, Götterdämmerung (Hungarian State Opera)
Upcoming: Le roi d’Ecosse, Ariodante (Opera de Monte-Carlo); Alberich, Das Rheingold (Mupa Budapest); Alberich, Götterdämmerung (Mupa Budapest)

Last Updated: December 2018

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: December 2018

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); Hansel, Hansel and Gretel (Savannah Voice Festival); The Stewardess, Flight (Opera Parallele)
Upcoming: Pippo, La Gazza Ladra (Teatro Nuovo)

Last Updated: January 2019

Maya Gour

Tisbe

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

Adam Lau

Alidoro

At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: Ferrando, Il trovatore; Kōbun Chino Otogawa, The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs
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)
Recently: Sarastro, Die Zauberflöte (Kentucky Opera); Frère Laurent, Roméo et Juliette (Utah Opera); Figaro, The Marriage of Figaro (Lyric Opera of Kansas City); 
Upcoming: Kōbun Chino Otogawa, The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs (Seattle Opera); Oroveso, Norma (Utah Opera); Basilio, Il barbiere di Siviglia (Portland Opera)

Last Updated: December 2018

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)
Faculty, The Juilliard School of Music
Recently: The Coronation of Poppea (Cincinnati Opera); Die Fledermaus (Utah Opera); I Have No Stories to Tell You (Opera Philadelphia)

Last Updated: December 2018

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: Carmen (Oper Leipzig)

Last Updated: December 2018

Lindy Hume

Director

Dan Potra

Production Designer

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Cinderella

Hometown: Sydney, Australia
Seattle Opera Debut: Count Ory (’16)
Recently: Carmen (West Australian Opera); Satyagraha (Folkoperan, Stockholm); La bohème (Opera Australia, Sydney)
Upcoming: Carmen (Oper Leipzig); Dracula (Kungliga Operan, Stockholm); Whiteley (Opera Australia, Sydney)

Last Updated: December 2018

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); La Cenerentola (Oper Leipzig)

Last Updated: December 2018

Matthew Marshall

Lighting Designer

John Keene

Chorusmaster

At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: Il trovatore, The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, Carmen
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); Porgy and Bess, Chorusmaster Aida (Seattle Opera); Assistant Conductor, Der Ring des Nibelungen (Seattle Opera)
Upcoming: Chorusmaster, The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, Carmen (Seattle Opera); Judge, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions

Last updated: December 2018

John Keene

Chorusmaster

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