La cenerentola
The cherished tale - not quite the way you remember it.


Saturday, April 27, 2013  -  8:00 PM
Tuesday, April 30, 2013  -  7:00 PM
Friday, May 3, 2013  -  8:00 PM
Sunday, May  5, 2013  -  2:00 PM

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The fairy story with the glass slipper and golden carriage is transformed into an enchanting opera that replaces some of the special effects with the real magic of true love and goodness.

You kind of know this story. Evil half-sisters dislike and abuse the beautiful Angelina. There's a ball, and Angelina manages to be the belle of it, thanks to the help of the wise Alidoro and a beautiful bracelet. After the ball, the prince finds his princess and is treated to her true beauty: the ability to forgive her stepfather and half-sisters for their years of cruelty.


Performance Details and Resources

• All performances of La cenerentola are at the Benedum Center.
Audio Commentary is available at the TUESDAY, April 30 performance. 
UNDERSTAND EVERY WORD: Sung in Italian with English texts projected above the stage.
• Estimated run time is 2 hours, 35 minutes, with 1 intermission.
• Join us one hour before each performance for the Pre-Opera Talk. Free to all performance ticketholders, Pre-Opera Talks are full of insights on the opera, the composer, and more!

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La cenerentola
Photos by David Bachman for Pittsburgh Opera, 2013.

Previews and Reviews

PREVIEW: "Good People...generosity is magic enough" - Pittsburgh Magazine, May 2013
PREVIEW: "'La cenerentola' allows Vivica Genaux to shine" - Post-Gazette, 4/25/13

PREVIEW: "...Opera puts a few twists on Cinderella story" - Tribune-Review, 4/26/13
PREVIEW: "Opera, Music, Food and Fun" - Ciao Pittsburgh, 4/26/13
REVIEW: "Pittsburgh Opera's 'Cinderella' hilarious and well done" - Post-Gazette, 4/29/13
REVIEW: "Comic, lovely 'Cinderella' a good fit for Pittsburgh Opera" - Tribune-Review, 4/29/13
REVIEW: "Pittsburgh Opera retells an age-old fairy tale" - Opera Pulse, 4/29/13
REVIEW: "Pittsburgh Opera presents La cenerentola" - Queen in Heels Blog, 5/2/13

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Additional Features

Read the story of La cenerentola
The Cast and Artistic Team
Music and Videos

 NEW! View the Study Guide for La cenerentola, created by our Education Department.
NEW! Flip through the Cinderella comic book created for La cenerentola by Lydia Aceto.

 Cast and Artistic Team

Vivica Genaux
Vivica Genaux
Arthur Espiritu
Arthur Espiritu**
Don Ramiro
Daniel Mobbs
Daniel Mobbs
Paolo Pecchioli
Paolo Pecchioli
Don Magnifico
Joseph Barron
Joseph Barron*
Meredith Lustig
Meredith Lustig*
Samantha Korbey
Samantha Korbey*

Antony Walker
Stage Director:  Kristine McIntyre
Set Designer: Erhard Rom
Costume Designer: James Schuette
Lighting Designer:  Andrew Ostrowski
Asst. Conductor: Glenn Lewis
Chorus Master: Mark Trawka
Associate Coach/Pianist: James Lesniak
Wig & Makeup Designer: James Geier
Assistant Director: Stephanie Havey*

+ Pittsburgh Opera debut
* Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist
** Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist alumni

Sets and costumes from Minnesota Opera

Music from La cenerentola

Prince Ramiro declares he'll find Angelina: "Si, ritrovarla" - Matteuzzi
Angelina forgives her family for their cruelty: "Non piu mesta accanto" - Bartoli
Decca recording of La cenerentola with Cecilia Bartoli Like this recording? Order it from Decca Classics.

Video from La cenerentola

Prince Ramiro resolves to find Angelina: "Si, ritrovarla" - Espiritu
Finale: "Non piu mesta" - Genaux
Meet the Artists: Antony Walker talks about vibrato for Rossini
Meet the Artists: Vivica Genaux on her favorite moment in La cenerentola


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