Alma Deutscher's Cinderella

Brad Dalton (stage director), Jane Glover (conductor) — With Vanessa Becerra (Cinderella), Jonas Hacker (Prince)...

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Brad Dalton — Stage director

Steven Kemp — Set designer

Richard Powers — Choreographer

Johann Stegmeir — Costume designer

Alyssa Oania — Costume director

David Lee Cuthbert — Lighting

Robert Pickens — Wig and Makeup Designer

Vanessa Becerra — Cinderella

Jonas Hacker — Prince

Nathan Stark — King

Claudia Chapa — Emeline

Mary Dunleavy — Stepmother

Stacey Tappan — Griselda

Karin Mushegain — Zibaldona

Brian James Myer — Minister

Opera San José Dancers

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It is absolutely extraordinary what this young girl has managed to achieve on the violin, the piano, and in her compositions. Her musical sensitivity and her powers of expression already at this age underline her exceptional talent.—Anne-Sophie Mutter. Few twelve-year-olds are gifted as Alma Deutscher. An already-experienced soloist on the piano and violin, a budding composer with numerous concertos and chamber works to her name, the young musician has captured the hearts of audiences, music critics, and leading artists of the musical world.

One of her greatest accomplishments to date has been her full-length opera Cinderella. The work premiered in an early chamber version in 2015 in Israel, and then was performed in a fuller version in Vienna under the patronage of the great conductor Zubin Mehta. The new version of the opera presented by Opera San José has been re-orchestrated for a full chamber orchestra. The opera resets the fairy tale as taking place in an opera company run by Cinderella's evil stepmother. Cinderella, a composer with beautiful melodies flowing out of her, is treated with contempt by her family. With the character of the Prince redrawn by Deutscher as a poet, the opera climaxes when the Prince finds Cinderella's lost melody for his poem.

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