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Opera buffa in two acts

Composer Gioachino Rossini · Jacopo Ferretti
In Italian with German and English surtitles

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Musikalische Leitung
Ottavio Dantone
Inszenierung
Jean-Pierre Ponnelle
Bühne und Kostüme
Jean-Pierre Ponnelle
Chor
Stellario Fagone

Don Ramiro
Levy Sekgapane
Dandini
Edwin Crossley-Mercer
Don Magnifico
Paolo Bordogna
Clorinda
Galina Benevich
Tisbe
N.N.
Angelina (Cenerentola)
Teresa Iervolino
Alidoro
Erwin Schrott
Orchester
Bayerisches Staatsorchester
Chor
Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper
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The story of Cinderella, her evil stepsisters, her malign stepfather and her eternal quest for happiness. It all begins with hassles and endless coloratura. But then: Prince Charming arrives! The legendary, effervescent production by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle is today a chapter of operatic history: a priceless legacy.

Act I

Don Magnifico's palace.

Introduction: "No, no, no, no: non v'è": Baron Don Magnifico lives here with his daughters Clorinda and Tisbe and his stepdaughter Angelina, known as Cenerentola (Cinderella). The stepfather has cheated her out of her entire fortune, and keeps her in the house as a scullery maid.

Alidoro, the tutor and confidant of the local Prince, Don Ramiro, is looking for a suitable bride of equal rank and station for his protégé. Disguised as a beggar, he discovers how generous Cenerentola is, and how heartless her two sisters are.  Some noblemen arrive to tell them that the prince is entertaining thoughts of marriage, and they invite all the young ladies in the land to his castle.

Recitative and cavatina: "Miei rampolli feminini" The two sisters are madly excited over the invitation to the castle, as is their father. Don Magnifico is enchanted with the thought of seeing a secret dream come true and having one of his daughters marry the prince.

Scene and duet: "Un soave non so che in quegl' occhi scintillò" Don Ramiro, disguised as a servant falls in love with Cenerentola.

Chorus and cavatina: "Come un' ape ne' giorni d'aprile" The servant Dandini, disguised as the prince, appears, escorted by the noblemen, and while Don Magnifico looks on, he courts the Baron's two daughters.

Recitative and quintet: "Signor, una parola": Cenerentola begs Don Magnifico to allow her to go to the prince's ball, but he refuses. Don Magnifico tells Alidoro, who would like to meet all three daughters, that Cenerentola is just a lowly scullion, and his third daughter has died.

Recitative and aria: "Vasto teatro è il mondo": Alidoro comforts Cenerentola and promises to escort her to the ball.

Prince Don Ramiro's palace.

Recitative: "Ma bravo! Ma bravo!": Dandini, still disguised as the prince, appoints Don Magnifico chief wine steward.

Chorus and aria: "Intendente, reggitor" Don Magnifico performs the duties of his new office.

Duet and finale: "Zitto, zitto, piano, piano": Dandini reports to Ramiro how stupid the two sisters are. Unexpectedly Cenerentola appears, grandly attired. Everybody is struck by this beauty's remarkable similarity to Cenerentola. Banquet.

Act II

Prince Don Ramiro's palace.

Recitative and aria: "Sia qualunque delle figlie": Don Magnifico and his two daughters discuss their prospects: they are firmly convinced they will win the game.

Recitative and aria: "Si, ritrovarla io giuro": Cenerentola gives Don Ramiro a bracelet, and before disappearing she tells him look for her. Another bracelet, which she always wears, will enable him to recognize her.

Recitative and duet: "Un segreto d'importanza": Don Magnifico tries to get Dandini to tell him whether he has chosen Clorinda or Tisbe. Dandini, in response, reveals his true identity.

Don Magnifico's palace.

Song: "Una volta c'era un re": Cenerentola has returned to her usual place.

Recitative and thunderstorm: Don Magnifico and his two daughters return home in a fury.

Recitative and sextet: "Siete voi": Don Ramiro appears, this time clad in his princely raiment and escorted by Dandini. He recognizes the bracelet on Cenerentola's wrist. He wishes to make her his wife. Don Magnifico and his two daughters are beside themselves with anger.

Chorus, scene and rondo finale: "Nacqui all'affano, al pianto": The courtiers pay homage to their new princess, Cenerentola. Clorinda and Tisbe beg her forgiveness, which she generously grants. With everyone deeply moved, the curtain falls. 

English translation by Donald Arthur

© Bavarian State Opera

Premiere of "La Cenerentola" on December 20, 1980 in the Nationaltheater

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Biographies

Ottavio Dantone studierte am Konsevatorium Giuseppe Verdi in Mailand und graduierte in den Fächern Orgel und Cembalo. Als Operndirigent debütierte er 1999 mit Giuseppe Sartis Oper Giulio Sabino am Teatro Alighieri in Ravenna. 2005 gab er mit dem Dirigat von Rinaldo sein Debüt am Teatro alla Scala in Mailand. Gastengagements führten ihn u. a. an das Opernhaus Zürich (La verità in Cimento von Antonio Vivaldi und L’incorazione di Poppea), die Staatsoper Hamburg (Le nozze di Figaro), die Opéra national de Paris (La Cenerentola) sowie zum Festival International d’Opéra Baroque de Beaune (Tancredi) und zu den Salzburger Festspielen (Così fan tutte). Seit 1996 ist er Musikdirektor des Barockorchesters Accademia Bizantina in Ravenna. Mit seinem Dirigat von La Cenerentola gibt er in der Spielzeit 2019/20 sein Debüt an der Bayerischen Staatsoper. (Stand: 2019)

 

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