Why See Lyric Opera of Chicago - Cendrillon?
A Light-Hearted Opera Fairy Tale
Massenet's elegant operatic retelling of beloved fairytale Cinderella is imbued with the composer's trademark sense of wit. Sumptuously sentimental and heart-warming, the adaptation is an unapologetically, yet extremely satisfying sugar-coated confection that blends romance and humour for a light-hearted romp, banishing the dark corners of the original Grimm brother's story.
Perhaps best known for its heart-string-pulling love duets, the opera follows the fate of Cendrillon (French for Cinderella). When her merchant father dies, Cendrillon's nasty step-mother makes a maid out of her step-daughter, forcing her to wait hand and foot on her ungrateful, comically ugly step-sisters. When Cendrillon is denied the chance to attend the Prince's ball, her fairy mother comes to the rescue in an unconventional way...
Opening night: 1 December 2018
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