Rossini’s La Cenerentola (Cinderella) Opens San Diego Opera’s Season

Enjoy "Cinderella" at San Diego Opera

San Diego Opera's Cinderella


San Diego Opera is performing Rossini’s La Cenerentola, an opera based on the beloved fairy tale Cinderella that has entertained generations and inspired different versions throughout history from Charles Perrault, The Brothers Grimm, to Walt Disney. La Cenerentola opens the maintage season at the San Diego Civic Theatre on Saturday, October 22, 2016 for four performances. Additional performances are October 25th, 28th, and 30th.

Making important company debuts are American mezzo-soprano Lauren McNeese as Angelina/Cinderella and American tenor David Portillo as Prince Don Ramiro. Returning to San Diego Opera is American soprano Susannah Biller as Clorinda, Cinderella’s older sister. She is joined by returning Egyptian bass Ashraf Sewailam as the philosopher Alidoro. Mexican baritone José Adán Pérez makes his debut as Dandini, the valet to Prince Ramiro, and American mezzo soprano Alissa Anderson sings Thisbe, Cinderella’s younger sister. American conductor Gary Wedow makes his Company debut on the podium and Australian stage director Lindy Hume makes her house debut as director.    

Rossini’s version of Cinderella tells the story of an innocent girl, abused by her family, who winds up marrying a handsome prince but faces real dangers along the way. Some things are different from the popular Disney version of the story: Don Magnifico is a wicked stepfather, replacing the wicked stepmother; Alidoro, the philosopher and prince’s tutor, replaces the fairy godmother; and Cinderella’s slipper is replaced by a bracelet. La Cenerentola (Cinderella) will delight audiences from all generations with its arias and ensembles, and stunningly beautiful music from the composer of The Barber of Seville.  

This production of La Cenerentola (Cinderella) is rented from Leipzig Opera and was originally built for Opera Queensland. This is the second time La Cenerentola (Cinderella) has been performed by San Diego Opera. Single tickets start at $37. Subscriptions begin at $111 for a three-opera series. 

Produced by San Diego Opera and UCSD-TV, the award-winning San Diego Opera Spotlight program gives viewers a unique and entertaining look behind-the-scenes of each of San DiegoOpera’s mainstage productions. Viewers will see how the singers, directors, conductor, and crew work together to create each opera, get a sneak peek at rehearsal footage and hear exclusive interviews with the stars. San Diego Opera Spotlight repeats daily throughout the run of the production. For a complete listing of schedules and where to view it, visit San Diego Opera.

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