A classic fairy story. The handsome prince rescues the wronged orphan daughter.
Just as Rossini did, we follow The Barber of Seville with Cinderella (prompted, it must be admitted, by overwhelming demand from our successful 2018 Barber team). Who could resist such Rossinian luminaries? Josè Maria Lo Monaco returns in the title role, Stephen Barlow directs and David Parry conducts. This is for many their favourite Rossini opera.
We are proud to present a brilliant international cast in this much loved dramma giocoso which fizzes with comic brilliance: Nico Darmanin as Don Ramiro, Christian Senn as Dandini and Simone Alberghini as Don Magnifico.
- Supported By — Lord and Lady Laidlaw
- Composer — Gioachino Rossini
- Librettist — Jacopo Ferretti
- Orchestra — Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
- Language — Sung in Italian
- Act I
- Act II
~ Act I ~
In a hall in Don Magnifico’s castle, his daughters Clorinda and Tisbe are titivating themselves, while their stepsister Cenerentola (Cinderella), whose real name is Angelina, sings a song about a king who chose a good-natured girl as his bride. She gives breakfast to a beggar (Alidoro, Prince Ramiro’s tutor in disguise) to her sisters’ annoyance. The prince’s knightly retinue announce that the prince is about to give a grand ball at which he will choose the most beautiful woman as his wife. The beggar prophesies that tomorrow Cenerentola will be happy.
Don Magnifico wakes up and describes a dream he has had, predicting that he will gain a great fortune. When he hears of the prince’s visit, he is convinced that one of his daughters will win his hand. Ramiro swaps clothes with his attendant, Dandini, and makes a visit in disguise. He and Cenerentola fall in love at first sight. Clorinda and Tisbe are introduced to Dandini, playing the prince. Cenerentola asks to go to the ball, but Don Magnifico tells her to stay at home. When Alidoro brings a list of unmarried women and asks where Magnifico’s third daughter is, Magnifico tells him she has died.
Alidoro secretly tells Cenerentola who he is and invites her to the ball. At the palace, Dandini (still in disguise) makes Magnifico his wine steward. Clorinda and Tisbe are rude to Ramiro, thinking him to be nothing but an attendant. A beautiful, mysterious lady appears and the step-sisters are astonished by how much she resembles Cenerentola.
~ Act II ~
The courtiers laugh at the sisters. Magnifico thinks how much money he will make as the prince’s father-in-law. Ramiro overhears Cenerentola refusing Dandini’s courtship because she is in love with his attendant. She gives Ramiro a bracelet and tells him he will recognise her because she will be wearing its twin. If he still loves her, he can marry her. Ramiro changes out of his disguise and decides to track down the mysterious woman. Dandini lets Magnifico daydream then reveals who he really is. On their return to Magnifico’s castle the sisters find Cenerentola by the fire. They scold her for daring to look like the lady at the ball. Alidoro makes sure the prince’s carriage overturns outside the castle. Cenerentola and Alidoro recognise each other, and everyone is astonished at the intricate tangle of events. Ramiro spirits Cenerentola away to his palace and Alidoro warns the sisters to beg for forgiveness. At the wedding, Cenerentola pleads with the prince to have mercy on her father and her stepsisters and reflects on how her own fortunes have changed.
Christian Senn Dandini
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