OPENING NIGHT OF THE 2015 FESTIVAL
Music by Gioachino Rossini
Libretto by Jacopo Ferretti
Based on the fairytale by Charles Perrault
Dreaming of a Prince to hold my hand forever...
Opera Saratoga opens the 2015 Summer Season with Rossini’s beloved version of Cinderella. Based on Perrault’s timeless fairytale, La Cenerentola features plenty of magical enchantment; the ridiculous, over-the-top situations and toe-tapping melodies that you expect from the master of comic Italian opera; and heartfelt emotion to bring together this story of forgiveness and true love. The ultimate rags-to-riches tale, it's a Cinderella story... but not quite as you may know it! Opera Saratoga is proud to present the company debuts of five extraordinary singers in La Cenerentola: Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Sandra Piques Eddy sings the virtuoso title role alongside tenor Andrew Owens as Prince Ramiro, baritone John Brancy as his valet Dandini, David Kravitz as her wicked step-father Don Magnifico, and Ryan Kuster as the mysterious philosopher Alidoro. Gary Thor Wedow also makes his company debut conducting this new production by artistic and general director Lawrence Edelson.
Sung in Italian with English texts projected above the stage.
La Cenerentola is an ideal opera for families! Matinee performances are recommended for children 6 and older. Evening performances are recommended for children 12 and older.