December 2019


Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Main Stage

Running time

3:05, 1 break


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La Cenerentola

Rossini's Cinderella

The exuberant fairy tale opera La Cenerentola (Cinderella) promises to be a fun-filled and unforgettable December performance to enchant the whole family (8+). Special children’s ticket prices apply for La Cenerentola!

Rossini's Cinderella

True love

Directed by Laurent Pelly, La Cenerentola follows Angelina – Rossini’s Cinderella – as she discovers true love in the form of her prince. In a twist on the classic tale, she first has to overcome not a wicked stepmother, but an evil stepfather.

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Though La Cenerentola doesn’t include the traditional pumpkin carriage or glass slippers, there are fancy dresses galore! As always, Laurent Pelly designs his own colourful costumes.

Team and cast

A high-spirited and light-hearted ‘dramma giocoso’ (comic drama) like La Cenerentola is in good hands with director Laurent Pelly. Known for his perfect comedic pitch, he won rave reviews for his Lamour des trois oranges and Létoile at DNO. His poetic visual language guarantee a spellbinding show. Conductor Daniele Rustioni and mezzo soprano Isabel Leonard in the role of Angelina both make their DNO debut. Previously also appearing in Rossini repertoire at DNO are acclaimed tenor Lawrence Brownlee, bass Roberto Tagliavini and soprano Julietta Aleksanyan.

Signature elements are Rossini’s lively ensembles and demanding solos with dizzying coloratura (runs) particularly for Angelina – a.k.a. Cinderella – and her fairy tale prince, Don Ramiro.

La Cenerentola

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Le Cenerentola


The world première (1817) of La Cenerentola in Rome during carnival season ended in a fiasco. The singers baulked at the difficult score and their performance failed to impress the audience. But Rossini was undaunted: ‘Idiots! Before the carnival is over, all Rome will love her…’ He was right. The opera swiftly became a runaway success in Italy and beyond. After the composer’s death, La Cenerentola disappeared from the stage, but after 1920 it enjoyed resurging popularity.

La Cenerentola
La Cenerentola
La Cenerentola

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