The Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège revisits the beloved fairy tale of Cinderella with their new production of La Cenerentola, Gioachino Rossini’s opera buffa.
In February 1816, a few days after the premiere of Il Barbiere di Seviglia, Rossini received a commission from the Teatro Valle in Rome. Strangely enough, the reception of La Cenerentola would turn out to be quite similar to that of Barbiere: hostile reactions to the first performance gradually gave way to widespread success, first in Italian theaters and soon worldwide, with performances featuring celebrated singers like Luigi Lablache, Antonio Tamburini, Maria Malibran, and Pauline Viardot. The spirited and jovial overture to La Cenerentola has become one of Rossini’s most famous, and the work is remarkable for its many contrasting yet complimentary elements: a tender heroine, sentimental plot, virtuosic instrumental and vocal writing, and Rossini’s characteristicly humorous treatment of his subject.
The production benefits immensely from the musical direction of Maestro Paolo Arrivabeni (Musical Director of the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège since 2008) and the expert staging of Cécile Roussat and Julian Lubek. Moreover the performance filmed here (on September 25, 2014) features an exceptional cast: Rossini expert Marianna Pizzolato, Bruno de Simone, Dmitri Korchak (a Rossinian tenor who gained renown as such in the 2006 Rossini Festival of Pesaro production of the Stabat Mater), Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège veteran perfomer Laurent Kubla, and Enrico Marabelli (acclaimed for his roles in the Opéra National de Paris 2013/2014 season opener La Fanciulla del West and in Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège's La Gazzetta.
Don Magnifico’s two daughters are invited to Don Ramiro’s ball, offering the girls their dream chance to use their charms to establish their positions in society. Angelina succumbs to the charm of Dandini, the prince’s valet. But is it really a valet or is it the prince dressed up? The story turns around a bracelet that ultimately determines everyone's fates.
New production of the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège.
© Picture: Jacques Croisier.
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