CINDERELLA by Gioacchino Rossini - Sung in English
Translated by Amanda Holden
Directed by Rae Leaver
Produced by Jane Gray
Angelina (Cinderella) is forced to work as the maid in the run-down house of her stepfather Don Magnifico. While his two daughters, Clorinda and Tisbe, try on their gowns and jewellery, Cinderella sings about a king who found his wife among common folk.
Opera Loki’s pocket production of this comic masterpiece has been touring through France and is culminating in performances in London and Alton. Bringing popular opera to small scale venues, the cast includes a rising generation of new singing talent.
The story of Cinderella has a long history and many twists in the tale – from references in The Histories by Herodotus in the 5thCentury BC to a Vietnamese version based on fish bones and cannabalism, to Shakespeare’s Cordelia in ‘King Lear’ and the Brothers Grimm in the 19th Century, as well as the very popular 1697 version by the French author Charles Perrault. Opera Loki's production takes the story into the 21st century with a mix of Vivienne Westwood meets Marie Antoinette.
Opera Loki was established by Jane Gray and Fred Broom in 2001 to give singers who are training or early in their careers the opportunity to perform opera in English. Part of a growing trend of bringing popular opera to small scale venues, Opera Loki focuses a rising generation of new singing talent. Opera Loki patrons Carolyn and Peter Bear have hosted Opera Loki at their beautiful home in France since 2001.
Opera Loki have produced a succession of vibrant and popular productions of Mozart, Bizet and Rossini opera over the last décade. Cast members have moved on to sing at the Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne, ENO, WNO and English Touring Opera. One cast member joined the Jette Parker Young Artists’ Programme at the Royal Opera House in 2010 and the 2011 winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Award sang with Opera Loki for many years.
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