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Gioachino Rossini • La Cenerentola

ossia La bontà in trionfo

Dramma giocoso in two acts
Libretto by Jacopo Ferretti (1784–1852) after Charles Perrault's fairytale Cendrillon ou La Petite Pantoufle de verre (1697) and librettos by Charles-Guillaume Etienne to Nicolas Isouard’s opera Cendrillon (1810) and Francesco Fiorini to Stefano Pavesi's opera Agatina o La virtù premiata (1814) 

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LEADING TEAM

Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Conductor
Damiano Michieletto, Director
Paolo Fantin, Sets
Agostino Cavalca, Costumes
Alessandro Carletti, Lighting
Christian Arseni, Dramaturgy
Ernst Raffelsberger, Chorus Master

CAST

Cecilia Bartoli, Angelina (Cenerentola)
Lynette Tapia, Clorinda
Hilary Summers, Tisbe
Javier Camarena, Don Ramiro
Enzo Capuano, Don Magnifico
Nicola Alaimo, Dandini
Ugo Guagliardo, Alidoro
Concert Association of the Vienna State Opera Chorus
Ensemble Matheus

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION

La Cenerentola is Rossini’s adorable rendering into music of Perrault’s fairy tale Cinderella. It is one of his most popular works and its particular charm stems from the fact that unlike in The Barber of Seville, written exactly one year before, the zany humour blends with a tenderness, delicacy and melancholy that is perfectly in keeping with the quiet, dreamy heroine, in spite of the genre description of the opera as “dramma giocoso”. Thus, the story and the characters in La Cenerentola are far more finely differentiated than what audiences had grown accustomed to in Rossini’s early farces and comedies. Even the music, inspired by the work’s subtitle La bontà in trionfo (The Triumph of Goodness), breathes with a new spirit of sensitivity.

The role of Angelina has of long been Cecilia Bartoli’s visiting card through-out the entire world. But for this new production in Salzburg it was her heartfelt desire to make use for the first time of the knowledge acquired by the specialists of historic performance practice and have it performed on period instruments. Furthermore, it has been her dream to find a form of staging that brings out the contrasting elements of this opera adequately. French conductor Jean-Christophe Spinosi and his period orchestra Ensemble Matheus have already played in notable performances of other Rossini operas and producer Damiano Michieletto created a series of highly acclaimed stagings at the Rossini Festival in Pesaro. 

Detail from the illustration Rossinissimo, © Jens Rassmus

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Idiots! Before the carnival is over, you’ll love her [La Cenerentola]…Not a year will pass before she will be sung from Lilibeo to Dora, and in two years they’ll like her in France, and in England they’ll think she is wonderful. The impresarios will fight for her, the prima donnas even more.
Gioachino Rossini