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La Cenerentola: An Introduction to Rossini’s Opera


Sun 29 Mar 2015, 2:00pm–5:00pm

Where: Victoria University Pipitea Campus, Bunny Street, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: conted2

La Cenerentola (Cinderella) was Rossini’s twentieth opera. It mixes comedic confusion, created through mistaken identities, with affecting personal moments and serious social commentary.

The opera retains the structure of the familiar fairy tale but the magical elements become realistic. The wicked step-mother is replaced by a wicked step-father; the fairy godmother becomes Alidoro, a philosopher and the prince’s tutor; and Cinderella is identified by a matching bracelet, not a glass slipper. Rossini’s trademark – a wild thunderstorm – brings Cinderella and her prince together.

Rossini disliked the idea of the supernatural solving all problems, so he turned the fairy story into a social comedy, where love triumphs over malice and distortions of class.

By attending this seminar in advance of the performance, you will enhance your experience of La Cenerentola, which will show at the St James Theatre, Wellington, from 9–16 May as part of the New Zealand Opera’s 2015 programme.

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