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Cenerentola 2018Opéra de Lyon

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The operatic offering at the 2018 Edinburgh International Festival consists of three fully staged productions imported from leading French companies. There are also two concert performances.

In recent years we have heard several of Rossini's less frequently performed operas. Now we can see, together for the first time here, his two most popular comic masterpieces. The Barber of Seville is presented by Le Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, on their first visit from Paris and Cenerentola by the familiar and welcome Opéra de Lyon.

In addition, John Gay's Beggar's Opera is to be performed by the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, from Paris, who have a substantial residency at the Festival. William Christie leads the musical side of this multinational coproduction.

The third instalment of Wagner's Ring, Siegfried is being performed in the Usher Hall. Sir Mark Elder conducts the Hallé; the all-star cast includes Simon O'Neill (Siegfried), Christine Goerke (Brünnhilde) and Iain Paterson (Wanderer).

There is also a concert performance of Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, to be given by the RSNO under Sir Andrew Davis. Elizabeth DeShong (Hansel) and Laura Wilde (Gretel) lead the cast.

Two important oratorios will also be given in the Usher Hall. The Dunedin Consort perform Handel's mighty Samson and the Festival's opening concert is Haydn's Creation.


Director Stefan Herheim is one of the most celebrated talents currently working in opera, and he has created notable productions at the Bayreuth and Salzburg Festivals (Parsifal and Meistersinger respectively). In Britain, he is known for his spectacularly successful staging at Covent Garden of Verdi's Sicilian Vespers. Rossini's humane comic masterpiece provides him with a completely different challenge.

Performance Cast

Clorinda daughter of Don Magnifico

Clara Meloni

Tisbe Clorinda's sister

Katherine Aitken

Angelina known as Cinderella, Magnifico's stepdaughter

Michèle Losier

Alidoro Ramiro's tutor, a philosopher

Simone Alberghini

Don Magnifico Baron of Montefiascone

Renato Girolami

Don Ramiro Prince of Salerno

Taylor Stayton

Dandini the Prince's valet

Nikolay Borchev

Performance DatesCenerentola 2018

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24 Aug, 19.15

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