We all have memories of Cinderella. Some of us even dreamed of being a Cinderella who takes pity on a homeless man that takes her to the Ball. The man is actually a prince in disguise, as we all know. A fairytale that speaks to our romantic hearts and help us escape from reality where many men look like princes but turn out to be heartless and many women act like Cinderella and turn out to be Lady Tremaine.
Rossini was 24 years old when he wrote La Cenerentola inspired by Charles Perrault (1697) and the Brothers Grimm (1812). He first presented the masterpiece in January 1817 at the Teatro Valle de Rome with a Cinderella named Angelina. Reviews were not “enchanted” but very quickly, the “dramma giocoso” became a success.
Cinderella achieves recognition or success after a period of obscurity and neglect; the oldest version of the myth is an ancient Greek story of Rhodopis, a Greek courtesan living in the colony of Naucratis in Egypt, whose name means “Rosy-cheeks”.
Laurent Pelly is well known for his own interpretation which he presented at the Met Opera in New York. His talent is recognized by the international cultural scene and is known for being a Big fan of Rossini.
Musically, Antonino Fogliania, a reference in the Italian repertoire of the 19th century, will conduct the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Expect tenderness and fabulous décor.