La Cenerentola - Opera
“Once upon a time there was a king”: is the song of Cinderella, who dreams of escaping her three stupid and annoying stepsisters, a song which becomes reality when she marries the Prince Don Ramiro.
Loosely based on the fable by Charles Perrault, the stepmother is substituted by the hilarious Don Magnifico, Superintendent of Glasses and President of the Grape Harvest, Cinderella is not helped by a fairy godmother, neither does she lose a shoe. It is the cunning Alidoro who organises a party during which the Prince and Cinderella will meets, and a faked accident allows the latter to be recognised. The happy ending is guaranteed, with a touch of malice, by the newly-wed bride who, addressing her stepfather and stepsisters, sings “their pardon will be my revenge”.
Cinderella, or rather “The Triumph of the Good”
A playful melodrama in two acts
Music by Gioachino Rossini
Libretto by Jacopo Ferretti, based on the fable by Charles Perrault
First performed: 25 January 1817 at the Teatro Valle, Rome