Saturday, April 2 (7:30 pm), Tuesday, April 5 (7 pm), and Friday, April 8 (7:30 pm), 2022
Music by Gioachino Rossini
Libretto by Jacopo Ferretti
Based on Cendrillion by Charles Perrault Last performed by Manitoba Opera in 1996
Disguises, lively music, and sheer fun abound in this 1950’s-inspired production in which the high- fashion costuming is as much a treat for the eyes as Rossini’s sparkling music is for the ears.
In this enchanting and hilarious version of the classic fairy tale, Angelina (Cenerentola) serves as the maid for her greedy, social-climbing stepfather and two ungrateful stepsisters. When the prince (Don Ramiro), disguised as a servant, arrives at the house in search of the most beautiful woman in the land for his wife, the two have an instant connection. Later, Ramiro is again taken by Cenerentola who, with the help of the prince’s tutor, arrives at the ball veiled. She gives the prince a bracelet and instructs him to find her. She is finally discovered at home by the prince, back in servant’s clothes.
Along the way from servant to princess, Cenerentola overcomes many obstacles with pluck and courage. And even though her family has been cruel, the resilient Cinderella forgives them and finds happiness with her new husband.
Rossini’s take on the classic fairy tale is considered to be one of his greatest operatic achievements. It features some of his finest writing for solo voice and ensembles. The music is delightfully tuneful, lighthearted, and spirited. This two-act opera will be sung in Italian with projected English translations.
Rising star Winnipeg mezzo-soprano Lizzy Hoyt makes her mainstage debut as Angelina/Cenerentola. Tenor Andrew Owens who charmed audiences as Count Almaviva in the 2019 production of The Barber of Seville returns to sing Don Ramiro (The Prince). Considered to be a master of buffoonery, baritone Peter McGillivray will display his comic chops as Don Magnifico, the stepfather. Bass-baritone Stephen Hegedus, who first appeared with the MO in the 2018 production of Don Giovanni, returns to take on the role of Alidoro (a philosopher and the prince’s former tutor).
Also starring in this production is Winnipeg soprano Andrea Lett as Clorinda, a stepsister; mezzo- soprano Pascale Spinney will be making her MO debut as Tisbe, the second stepsister; and Dandini, the valet, will be sung by baritone Nicholas Borg, a graduate of the company’s 2020 Digital Emerging Artist Program, who will be making his MO debut as well.
Director Rob Herriot will bring his comedic flair to the production. Manitoba Opera’s Music Advisor and Principal Conductor Tyrone Paterson will be on the podium conducting the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. An all-male Manitoba Opera Chorus will also be featured.
Set design is by Sheldon Johnson and costumes, designed by Deanna Finnman, will be supplied by Edmonton Opera. Lighting is by Scott Henderson.