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Cenerentola La Cenerentola; Cinderella

Tours by decade

1830s - 1 tour

1835 - De Begnis Italian Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra

1860s - 1 tour

1869 - Corri's Grand English Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra

1870s - 1 tour

1870 - Corri's Grand English Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra

1890s - 2 tours

1892 - Georgina Burns Light Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1893 - Burns-Crotty Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra

1950s - 1 tour

1953 - Glyndebourne Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra

1960s - 7 tours

1960 - Sadler's Wells Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1961 - Sadler's Wells Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1965 - Sadler's Wells Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1966 - Scottish Opera
Fully staged, piano accompaniment
1967 - Scottish Opera
Fully staged, piano accompaniment
1967 - Sadler's Wells Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1969 - Scottish Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra

1970s - 5 tours

1970 - Scottish Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1970 - Scottish Opera
Fully staged, piano accompaniment
1971 - Scottish Opera
Fully staged, piano accompaniment
1971 - Edinburgh Festival Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1972 - Scottish Opera
Fully staged, piano accompaniment

2000s - 3 tours

2005 - Glyndebourne on Tour
Fully Staged with Orchestra
2007 - Scottish Opera
Fully staged, piano accompaniment
2008 - Scottish Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra

2010s - 5 tours

2012 - Glyndebourne Festival Opera
Cinema Screening
2014 - Metropolitan Opera
Cinema Screening
2014 - Scottish Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
2017 - Opera North
Fully Staged with Orchestra
2018 - Opéra de Lyon
Fully Staged with Orchestra

Tours by location

Scotland, UK - 83 entries

1835 - De Begnis Italian Opera Company
Edinburgh
1869 - Corri's Grand English Opera Company
Dundee
1870 - Corri's Grand English Opera Company
Dundee
1892 - Georgina Burns Light Opera
Edinburgh
1892 - Georgina Burns Light Opera
Dundee
1892 - Georgina Burns Light Opera
Glasgow
1893 - Burns-Crotty Opera
Dundee
1953 - Glyndebourne Opera
Edinburgh
1960 - Sadler's Wells Opera
Edinburgh
1960 - Sadler's Wells Opera
Aberdeen
1960 - Sadler's Wells Opera
Glasgow
1961 - Sadler's Wells Opera
Edinburgh
1961 - Sadler's Wells Opera
Glasgow
1965 - Sadler's Wells Opera
Edinburgh
1965 - Sadler's Wells Opera
Glasgow
1966 - Scottish Opera
Beith
1966 - Scottish Opera
Oban, Argyll
1967 - Scottish Opera
Galashiels
1967 - Scottish Opera
Pitlochry
1967 - Sadler's Wells Opera
Glasgow
1969 - Scottish Opera
Edinburgh
1970 - Scottish Opera
Aberdeen
1970 - Scottish Opera
Perth
1970 - Scottish Opera
Glasgow
1970 - Scottish Opera
Edinburgh
1970 - Scottish Opera
Perth
1970 - Scottish Opera
Ayr
1971 - Scottish Opera
Kinross-shire
1971 - Edinburgh Festival Opera
Edinburgh
1971 - Scottish Opera
Dornoch
1971 - Scottish Opera
Grantown on Spey
1971 - Scottish Opera
Crieff
1971 - Scottish Opera
Glasgow
1972 - Scottish Opera
Hamilton
1972 - Scottish Opera
Kirkcudbright
2005 - Glyndebourne on Tour
Edinburgh
2007 - Scottish Opera
Edinburgh
2007 - Scottish Opera
St Andrews
2007 - Scottish Opera
Giffnock, Glasgow
2007 - Scottish Opera
Ullapool
2007 - Scottish Opera
Stornoway, Lewis
2007 - Scottish Opera
Lochcarron, Ross-shire
2007 - Scottish Opera
Kirkwall, Orkney
2007 - Scottish Opera
Thurso, Caithness
2007 - Scottish Opera
Drumnadrochit, Inverness-shire
2007 - Scottish Opera
Ballachulish, Argyll
2007 - Scottish Opera
Banchory, Kincardineshire
2007 - Scottish Opera
Linlithgow
2007 - Scottish Opera
Rothesay, Isle of Bute
2007 - Scottish Opera
Lanark
2007 - Scottish Opera
Helensburgh
2007 - Scottish Opera
Largs, Ayrshire
2007 - Scottish Opera
Stranraer, Wigtownshire
2007 - Scottish Opera
Perth
2007 - Scottish Opera
Kirkcaldy
2007 - Scottish Opera
Langholm
2007 - Scottish Opera
Biggar
2008 - Scottish Opera
Motherwell
2008 - Scottish Opera
Falkirk
2008 - Scottish Opera
Arbroath
2008 - Scottish Opera
Elgin, Moray
2008 - Scottish Opera
Tain, Ross-shire
2008 - Scottish Opera
Oban, Argyll
2008 - Scottish Opera
Kelso
2008 - Scottish Opera
Dumfries
2008 - Scottish Opera
Dunfermline
2012 - Glyndebourne Festival Opera
Aberdeen
2012 - Glyndebourne Festival Opera
Dundee
2012 - Glyndebourne Festival Opera
Edinburgh
2014 - Metropolitan Opera
Dunfermline
2014 - Metropolitan Opera
Galashiels
2014 - Metropolitan Opera
St Andrews
2014 - Metropolitan Opera
Aberdeen
2014 - Metropolitan Opera
Edinburgh
2014 - Metropolitan Opera
Glasgow
2014 - Metropolitan Opera
Dundee
2014 - Metropolitan Opera
Falkirk
2014 - Metropolitan Opera
Perth
2014 - Scottish Opera
Glasgow
2014 - Scottish Opera
Aberdeen
2014 - Scottish Opera
Inverness
2014 - Scottish Opera
Edinburgh
2018 - Opéra de Lyon
Edinburgh

England, UK - 5 entries

1966 - Scottish Opera
Sedbergh, Cumbria
1967 - Scottish Opera
Lincoln
1967 - Scottish Opera
Ashington
1972 - Scottish Opera
Canterbury
2017 - Opera North
Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Music
Gioachino Rossini (born Pesaro, 29 February 1792; died Paris, 13 November 1868)

Text
Jacopo Ferretti

Source
Derived from adaptations of a French tale, Cendrillon (1697), by Charles Perrault (1628-1703).

Premières
First performance: Rome (Teatro Valle), 25 January 1817.
First UK performance: London (King’s Theatre, Haymarket), 8 January 1820.
First performance in Scotland: Edinburgh (Theatre Royal), 7 February 1831.
Scottish Opera première: Edinburgh (King’s Theatre), 5 December 1969.

Background
La Cenerentola was composed hurriedly to fulfil a commission in Rome when the planned work fell through due to problems with censorship. It has been second only to The Barber of Seville in popularity among Rossini’s operas. Some commentators have expressed a marked preference for it even over The Barber, citing a greater sense of humanity they detect in it. This may reflect a greater difficulty in performing The Barber to make its characters three-dimensional. For whatever reason, the opera director Colin Graham tackled Cinderella twice, with Scottish Opera and then English Music Theatre (taken over by ENO) within a short space, without touching The Barber of Seville. The great humanity of this opera arises partly from the fact that, unlike the familiar pantomime story, there is no element of the supernatural – no fairy godmother, no pumpkins or animals turning into coaches or coachmen. It is a human comedy.

Characters
Don Magnifico, Baron of Montefiasco (bass)
Clorinda, his daughter (soprano)
Tisbe, his second daughter (mezzo-soprano)
Angelina, his stepdaughter, known as “Cinderella” (mezzo-soprano)
Alidoro, Ramiro’s tutor (bass)
Don Ramiro, Prince of Salerno (tenor)
Dandini, Ramiro’s valet (baritone)

Plot Summary
At Don Magnifico’s mansion, which has clearly seen better days, Cinderella is treated as a servant by her relations. Alidoro arrives, dressed as a beggar, and she gives him food, though the sisters have ordered his expulsion. He is aware from his state records that there should be three daughters. Ramiro’s friends enter to announce that a ball is to be held at which he will choose a bride. After Alidoro and the friends have left, Ramiro enters, impersonating his own valet, and he and Cinderella fall in love. The Prince arrives, (Dandini in disguise), and he is fawned over by Magnifico and his daughters. Cinderella is prevented from going to the ball, and Don Magnifico announces that the third daughter is dead. Alidoro tells her who he is and that all will be well.

At the palace, the sisters continue their attempts to snare Dandini. Magnifico is more interested in exploring the wine cellars. They are briefly jealous due to the arrival of a mystery lady, but she looks too like Cinderella to be a serious threat, so they relax. Dandini proposes to Cinderella, but is turned down because Cinderella loves ‘his valet’. Having overheard this, the Prince now proposes and is given one of a pair of bracelets – he must find who she is before she will agree to marry him. Back at the mansion, Magnifico and his girls are surprised by the arrival of Dandini and the Prince. At last the missing bracelet and its owner are identified and all ends happily, with Cinderella asking for her relations to be forgiven for their behaviour.

The Cast

Alidoro
 Ramiro's tutor, a philosopher
Angelina
 known as Cinderella, Magnifico's stepdaughter
Clorinda
 daughter of Don Magnifico
Dandini
 the Prince's valet
Don Magnifico
 Baron of Montefiascone
Don Ramiro
 Prince of Salerno
Tisbe
 Clorinda's sister

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