Forget the fairy godmother and glimmering glass slipper … this comedic turn on the cinder-tending heroine of the classic folktale features Cenerentola (“chen-a-REN-to-lah”), as Cinderella is known in Italian. Desperate for something more fulfilling than daily hearth duty for her privileged step-sisters, Rossini’s Cenerentola finds herself in disguise at a palace ball after falling in love-at-first-sight with the Prince’s valet. But the night has many twists in store for Cenerentola when she discovers she’s not the only one at the party in disguise — and not the only one madly in love. This sparkling, intricate score sweeps audiences off their feet in this heart-warming opera of happily-ever-after.
Cinderella will be sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage. Maestro Lipton will lead an international cast along with the Opera Tampa Orchestra and Chorus.