Conductor: George Petrou
Dramma giocoso in two acts. Libretto by Jacopo Ferretti, based on the fairy tale by Charles Perrault
Music by Gioachino Rossini
Cinderella, or Goodness Triumphant
Director Rodula Gaitanou
Set and light designer Simon Corder
Costume designer Alexia Theodoraki
A production by GREEK NATIONAL OPERA OF ATHENS
Orchestra and choir by Fondazione Teatro Lirico “Giuseppe Verdi di Trieste”
Characters and performers
Don Ramiro, Principe di Salerno (tenore)
Leonardo Ferrando (8, 10, 12, 14/IV)
|Vassilis Kavayas (9, 16/IV)|
|Dandini, suo cameriere (baritono)||Fabio Previati|
Don Magnifico, Barone di Montefiascone (basso buffo)
|Vincenzo Nizzardo (8, 10, 12, 14/IV)|
|Jeroboám Tejera (9,16/IV)|
Lina Johnson (8, 10, 12, 14/IV)
Rita Matos Alves (9, 16/IV)
Angelina, sotto il nome di Cenerentola,
|Josè Maria Lo Monaco (8, 10, 12/IV)|
figliastra di Don Magnifico (contralto)
|Ninon Dann (9, 14, 16/IV)|
|Alidoro, filosofo, maestro di Don Ramiro (basso)||Filippo Polinelli|
|Dame che non parlano|
|Coro di cortigiani del Principe|
RUNNING TIME: ABOUT 3 HRS.
ACT ONE: ABOUT 1 HR. AND 40 MIN.
BREAK: 20 MIN.
ACT TWO: ABOUT 50 MIN.
A hall in the palace of Baron Don Magnifico.
Don Magnifico, a pompous and ridiculous man, lives with Clorinda and Tisbe, his two capricious daughters, and his stepdaughter Angelina, known as Cinderella who, after having being deprived of all her properties by him, is treated like a servant and forced to do the most humble housework. But Cinderella has a noble and generous soul. In fact, the old Alidoro, tutor of Prince Don Ramiro, arrives to the palace disguised as a beggar; Cinderella helps him, giving to him bread and coffee, while the bad sisters drive him out rudely.
Some knights bring the news that the young Don Ramiro, wishing to get married, is going to invite to his castle all the local damsels. Great excitement for the Baron and his daughters who, of course, hope to find favour with the Prince. But the Prince, in order to make a better choice, has resorted to a trick: he makes his trusty servant Dandini dress like him, while he disguises as a squire. As soon as he enters Don Magnifico’s palace – where he’s been pushed to go by Alidoro’s counsellors, who have extolled Cinderella’s qualities – the young man is struck by the grace and the simplicity of whom he believes to be a humble servant. Cinderella, on her side, falls in love with the handsome squire almost at once. Dandini arrives, richly dressed, to invite in a pompous way Don Magnifico and his daughters to the Prince’s castle. Cinderella begs her stepfather to take her with them, even only for few minutes, but she’s hardly driven back. When she’s left alone, Alidoro appears again, dressed as a pilgrim: a rich coach and a gorgeous dress are ready for the girl who can now go to the party, despite the opposition of her bad relatives. Cinderella follows the good Alidoro to Don Ramiro’s castle, where her half-sisters have already started Dandini’s conquest.
Don Magnifico, soon appointed court cellarman, gives himself airs and dreams about the honours he will get from Clorinda or Tisbe’s marriage with such a great lord. But the two girls have already revealed their capricious and selfish character: Dandini gives a picturesque and precise account of them. Meanwhile, Cinderella arrives to the castle richly dressed: Ramiro is immediately struck by her, noticing the stranger’s likeness with the humble girl with whom he’s fallen in love. Even Don Magnifico and the sisters notice the resemblance.
At Don Ramiro’s castle.
Cinderella, tricked by Dandini, whom she believes to be the Prince, rejects his love and declares to be in love with the squire who, on the other side, has been refused with disdain by Clorinda and Tisbe. Mad for joy, Ramiro receives by Cinderella one of her bracelets: he has to find her out, to recognize her by the other bracelet and then she’ll be his wife. Meanwhile, Dandini reveals to the astonished Don Ramiro that he’s only a servant. The Baron, a prey to anger, goes back to his palace with his daughters. The three pour their rage on Cinderella, who is at her place, poorly dressed. When Dandini and Ramiro (who has taken his appearance back) arrive, everything becomes clear: the Prince recognizes at Cinderella’s arm the jewel which is like the one that the beautiful stranger had given to him and officially asks her to marry him, causing Clorinda and Tisbe’s rage.
In a wonderful hall with a throne, Cinderella, richly dressed, receives with the Prince the homage of the dignitaries: the Baron, Clorinda and Tisbe bow down at her feet and the girl – with her great goodness – forgives all the grieves and the insults she has suffered and tenderly holds her stepfather and sisters. Her revenge is forgiveness: from now on, happy and serene, she’ll live with her husband, who adores her.