Dutch National Opera presents

La Cenerentola GIOACCHINO ROSSINI (1792-1868)

This show was to been seen in December 2019


Duration 3:05 including break

Breaks 1

By Rossini

Language Italian

Surtitles Dutch and English

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!


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.

Colourful costumes
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.



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.

Popular opera
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.


Team and cast of La Cenerentola

Perfect comedic pitch
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.


Maquettes La Cenerentola; Set design: Chantal Thomas


Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra|Netherlands Chamber Orchestra has been the principal partner of Dutch National Opera for more than 30 years and is among the world's best opera orchestras.

The Netherlands Chamber Orchestra was formed in 1955, since when its rich history has included many notable achievements. Even after the merger with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra in 1985, the ensemble lost none of its unique identity. The dynamics between the members of orchestra are particularly striking. They rarely play under the baton of a conductor but interact with each other almost instinctively. There is a remarkable chemistry, as is apparent during every performance. Gordan Nikolić has been the leader, or ‘concertmaster’, of the NKO since 2004. With his infectious passion for music, the Serbian violinist has brought the ensemble to new heights. 

Each year, the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra gives dozens of concerts in Amsterdam, usually in the Royal Concertgebouw or the Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ. It visits major venues at home and abroad, but also performs in smaller venues which are not traditionally associated with classical music. Like NedPhO, the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra regularly partners with the Dutch National Opera. Recent acclaimed productions include The Barber of Seville, The Magic Flute, The Rake’s Progress,Trouble in Tahiti and Clemency. In the 2019-2020 season the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra is playing in Così fan tutte and La Cenerentola.


Chorus of Dutch National Opera
Dutch National Opera's own chorus consists of 50 singers, regularly augmented with freelance members for large productions. The Chorus has an impressive record with milestones including opera productions of Saint Francois dAssise, Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District, Ercole amante, Boris Godoenov, La Juive, Les Troyens, Eugene Onegin, Parsifal, Guillaume Tell, The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh, Faust, La forza del destino, Das Flos der Medusa, Oedipe and Tannhauser, and concerts of Der fliegende Hollander in Rotterdam, Paris and Dortmund and Daphnis et Chloe with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev. Under the artistic direction of Ching-Lien Wu since 1 September 2014, in 2016 the authoritative Opernwelt magazine named the DNO Chorus the Best Opera Chorus of the year. In the 2019-2020 season the Chorus is singing in Pagliacci |Cavalleria rusticana, Così fan tutte, La Cenerentola, Nabucco, Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny, Die Frau ohne Schatten, Carmen and Rusalka.


Coproduction of Dutch National Opera with Grand Théâtre de Genève and Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, Valencia

La Cenerentola
'Dramma giocoso' in 2 acts

Jacopo Ferretti
World premiere
25 January 1817
Teatro Valle Rome

Laurent Pelly

director and costume designer

LAURENT PELLY is a sought-after French director and costume designer for his own productions. He is known mainly for his work within the French repertoire.

Daniele Rustioni

musical director

DANIELE RUSTIONI is principal conductor with both Opéra National de Lyon and Orchestra della Toscana, and since September 2019 also with Ulster Orchestra, in Northern Ireland. Rustioni is an acclaimed young conductor of both symphonic and operatic repertoire.

Team, Cast and Chorus

Muzikale leiding
Daniele Rustioni
Laurent Pelly
Chantal Thomas
Laurent Pelly in collaboration with Jean-Jacques Delmotte
Duane Schuler
Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
Chorus of Dutch National Opera
Chorus Master
Ching-Lien Wu
Don Ramiro
Lawrence Brownlee
Julietta Aleksanyan-De Nationale Opera Studio
Isabel Leonard
Cecilia Molinari - 22, 26 en 28 dec
Roberto Tagliavini
Alessio Arduini
Don Magnifico
Nicola Alaimo
Polly Leech
Dutch National Opera Studio

Family Introductions

There is a special interactive introduction for the whole family at La Cenerentola:
we 18, su 22, th 26 and sa 28 December
Start time: approximately 1 hour before the start of the performance
Costs introduction: free in combination with a ticket for the performance



Mo 11 November  La Cenerentola

Musical evening giving an accessible, in-depth explanation of operas and ballets.

NB: In principle, the foyer evenings are given in Dutch, but in practice the high number of international guests means that English is often spoken as well.

Step into the world of the makers. Sit back with a drink in an informal setting and enjoy an aria or duet, a pas de deux or small ensemble, or an interview with a singer or choreographer. A varied programme, linked to a topical theme, is presented for each production.

The doors and the bar open at 20.00. The evening begins at 20.30 and lasts around an hour and a quarter. The bar will stay open afterwards.

Regular - € 10
Students - € 7.50

Free for Giving Circle members of Dutch National Opera, Dutch National Ballet and Dutch National Opera & Ballet

Prices are exclusive of booking charges. Tickets for performances can be purchased separately


    Tue 16 Sep **** Trouw (March 4, 2013), on L'amour des trois oranges

    'Praise be Pelly, king of all directors'

    Tue 12 Feb L'Étoile - de Volkskrant 2004

    ‘Everything literally rolls along under the Laurent Pelly’s direction.’