In a celebration of the timeless appeal of fairy-tales a ‘sparkling’ production of Cinderella comes to The Lowry.
An evening of pure magic is in store on Thursday 9 March at 7.00pm. There will be music of fun, fire and brilliance. You can forget fairy god-mothers, pumpkins and glass slippers; this is a unique version of the much-loved tale.
Gioachino Rossini’s version (La Cenerentola) is a romantic comedy – without some of the familiar elements of the tale.
Rossini was celebrated for serious as well as comic opera. In Cinderella, he combines his genius for both.
Bringing Rossini’s marvellous characters to life in this production are Quirijn de Lang and Henry Waddington. Lang sings the Prince’s servant Dandini and Waddington takes the role of Cinderella’s stepfather, Don Magnifico.
In this version of the fairy-tale, Cinderella emerges as a true romantic heroine. Her transformation into a queen-in-waiting is achieved not through magic but through the power of music.
Two rising international artists make their UK and Opera North debuts as Cinderella and Don Ramiro.
Young Canadian, Wallis Giunta’s, sings Angelina (Cinderella). Wallis’ previous roles include Mercedes in Carmen and Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro.
Don Ramiro is sung by South African tenor Sunnyboy Dladla. Dladla fulfilled the role of Il Conte di Libenskof in Rossini’s Il viaggio a Reims.
The production is directed by Aletta Collins, who gives a fresh and witty take on the opera.
Dance is woven into the production. It opens as Cinderella scrubs the steps of a ballroom-dancing school.
The exciting new production is sung in Italian with English titles.
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