CINDERELLA (La Cenerentola)

by Gioachino Rossini

THE CRITICS LOVE CINDERELLA

"It's hard to imagine a more gratifying opening...won the audience's lavish enthusiasm from beginning to end." --San Diego Story

“…a whimsical freshness…wildly inventive sets…heavy dose of shenanigans. Fun to watch --ConcertoNet.com

"Each featured singer acted and sang their role in perfect harmony with the mix of campy comedy and fairy-tale romance...A delightfully entertaining production." -- Ron Bierman, Bravo San Diego

False pride is crumbled to dust
And kindness triumphs

Can goodness trump selfishness and vanity? A trapped and tender-hearted Angelina cooks and cleans for her buffoonish stepfather and her snooty stepsisters while she dreams of a better life. When two visitors arrive at her home – a prince disguised as his own servant and the prince’s servant disguised as a beggar – she shows them the kindness that no one else in the house will. Fate rewards her with an invitation to the ball where the prince will choose his bride. Is there a happy ending in store for Angelina?

Rossini’s delightful version of the classic fairytale Cinderella shows that virtue does triumph and kindness can make your dreams come true, even without a fairy godmother and a glass slipper. The estimated run time is 2 hours and 52 minutes including intermission.


All performances at the San Diego Civic Theatre
The Civic Theatre Concourse opens 2 hours before each performance with a fun outdoor cafe with food vendors, bars, and a Hollywood-style Step and Repeat where you can take photos and win tickets (weather permitting). Free backstage tours beginning at 5:30pm for the 7pm performance and 12:30pm for the 2:00pm performance - available to ticket holders.

SUNDAY FUNDAY, OCTOBER 30
The fun kicks off at noon on Sunday, October 30 with Fun on the Concourse, prior to the 2pm matinee of Cinderella. Arrive early for face painters, free cookies while supplies last, Photo Opps with a prince and princess and much more.


Attend a pre-opera lecture for Cinderella one hour before each performance (6:00pm for the evening performances, 1:00pm for the Sunday matinee). Held in the Orchestra section and free to all ticketed patrons.

In Italian with projected English supertitles - Learn more »

The run time of Cinderella is approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes, including one intermission.


OPERA SPOTLIGHT

Produced by San Diego Opera and UCSD-TV, the award-winning San Diego Opera Spotlight gives you a unique and entertaining look behind-the-scenes of Cinderella


Spotlight on Cinderella

STARS IN THE SALON

Cinderella - October 13, 2016 at 5:30pm

Join the stars of Cinderella in Stars in the Salon. This is a thrilling experience for anyone who loves opera. We welcome our distinguished guest panels for a provocative look at the music, characters and behind-the-scenes work which is so important to each production. The Civic Theatre’s beautiful Beverly Sills Salon acts as the setting for this enjoyable discussion where audience members have a chance to meet the stars and ask their own questions of the leading singers, conductors and directors first hand! All sessions are open to the public and free of charge.


CINDERELLA (La Cenerentola)

Act I

Don Magnifico's vain daughters, Clorinda and Tisbe, are primping. Their step-sister, Cinderella (whose real name is Angelina) sings a song about a long-ago king who chose a good and innocent bride. When a beggar (actually Prince Ramiro’s tutor, Alidoro) appears, the step-sisters chase him away but Cinderella makes him welcome. There is an announcement that Prince Ramiro, in search of the most beautiful girl in the land to be his bride, will soon pay a visit. The sisters order Cinderella to get them ready to receive him, and their squabbling wakes Don Magnifico. In so doing, they have interrupted a dream which he interprets to mean that good fortune will soon visit the family. His premonition seems vindicated when he learns of the Prince’s visit. Magnifico exhorts the girls to capture the Prince's heart to save the family fortunes. Disguised as his own valet, the Prince arrives alone so that he can observe the women of the household incognito. He meets Cinderella and is enchanted. Dandini (the real valet) arrives disguised as the Prince, enjoying his new status, and invites the fawning sisters to a ball. Cinderella begs her step-father to take her too but Magnifico brutally orders her to stay at home, to Ramiro's shock. Alidoro, now in his true identity, questions Don Magnifico about his third daughter. Magnifico tells Alidoro that she is dead. After everyone except Cinderella has left, Alidoro reveals his identity and transforms her for the ball. At the palace, Magnifico discovers the wine cellar. Clorinda and Tisbe continue chasing Dandini, but scornfully reject Ramiro. All are enchanted by the arrival of a mysterious, veiled lady. When she unmasks they are struck by her uncanny resemblance to Cinderella.

Act II

Ramiro is smitten with the newly-arrived guest. He overhears Cinderella refusing Dandini’s attentions because she loves his ‘valet’ and delightedly steps forth to declare himself. Cinderella gives him one of a pair of matching bracelets, saying he will find her wearing its twin before rushing away. After she leaves, Ramiro relinquishes his false identity and vows to find her. Dandini, now reduced to his former servant status, smashes Magnifico’s dreams of grandeur and turns him out of the palace. Returning home, Magnifico and the sisters resume their cruel treatment of Cinderella as a storm hits. Dandini appears at the door telling them that the Prince’s carriage has overturned outside. Cinderella realises her "valet" is Prince Ramiro; he in turn recognises her bracelet. Don Magnifico, Clorinda and Tisbe can hardly believe their ears when Ramiro announces that Cinderella is to be his bride. Cinderella intercedes to protect her step-father and step-sisters in the face of Ramiro’s anger.

After the wedding, Cinderella persuades the Prince to pardon her family. As the people welcome their new Princess, Cinderella reflects on her dramatic change in fortune and rejoices.

Cinderella Pre-Opera Dinner

Saturday, October 22 at 5:30pm
The US Grant Hotel

Join us before the opening night performance of Cinderella for dinner with San Diego Opera Board President, Carol Lazier at The US Grant. Tickets are $175 per person. ADD TO YOUR TICKET ORDER TODAY!
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Cinderella Post-Opera Cast Party

Saturday, October 22 at 10:00pm
The US Grant Hotel

Join us immediately following the opening night performance of Cinderella for a cast party at The US Grant. Meet the artists and enjoy a wine and champagne reception with light hors d’oeuvres and desserts. Tickets are $100 per person. ADD TO YOUR TICKET ORDER TODAY!
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Attend Before and After and SAVE!

Attend both the pre-opera dinner and the post-opera cast party and save $25!!

Saturday, October 22, 2016
LOCATION: The US Grant
TICKETS: $250
Already have your Cinderella tickets? Enhance your entire evening by adding both dinner and party tickets here!


STARS IN THE SALON

Cinderella - October 13, 2016 at 5:30pm

Join the stars of Cinderella in Stars in the Salon. This is a thrilling experience for anyone who loves opera. We welcome our distinguished guest panels for a provocative look at the music,characters and behind-the-scenes work which is so important to each production. The Civic Theatre’s beautiful Beverly Sills Salon acts as the setting for this enjoyable discussion where audience members have a chance to meet the stars and ask their own questions of the leading singers, conductors and directors first hand! All sessions are open to the public and free of charge.

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COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS

Operatic Fairy Tales: Cinderella and La Cenerentola

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Sunday October 16, 2016 at 2:30pm

LOCATION: Central Library Downtown, Neil Morgan Auditorium, 330 Park Boulevard, San Diego 92101
HOST: Dr. Nicolas Reveles, Director of Community Engagement, San Diego Opera
SPEAKER: Joseph T. Thomas, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, SDSU

Join Nicolas Reveles, Director of Community Engagement for San Diego Opera, in a free-wheeling discussion of Cinderella, the fairy tale and the opera (Rossini), with Joseph T. Thomas, professor of English and Comparative Literature at SDSU, where he serves as Director of the National Center for the Study of Children’s Literature. Explore with us the history of the tale, a bit about the many operas that use fairy tales as their sources, and the heartfelt meaning the story and the opera.