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Bampton Opera at St John's Smith Square
7pm Tuesday 18 September 2018

CENDRILLON (Cinderella, 1810)
A fairy-tale opera in three acts

Libretto by Charles Guillaume Etienne after the fairy-tale by Charles Perrault
English translation by Gilly French, dialogues by Jeremy Gray

Clorinde - Aoife O'Sullivan | Tisbe - Jenny Stafford | Cinderella - Kate Howden
Prince - Bradley Smith | Dandini - Benjamin Durrant | Alidor - Nicholas Merryweather
Baron - Alistair Ollerenshaw
Chorus - Lucy Cronin, Susanne Dymott

Conductor - Harry Sever
orchestra CHROMA
violin (leader) Daniel Pioro
violin 1 Charlotte Bonneton, Elspeth McLeod
violin 2 Chihiro Ono, Naomi Rump
viola Bridget Carey
viola Laurie Anderson
cello Clare O'Connell 
bass Dave Brown
flute Sarah O'Flynn, Kathryn Thomas 
oboe Emma Feilding, Lydia Griffiths
clarinet Stuart King, Max Welford
bassoon Helen Storey
horn Lizzie Tocknell, Richard Bayliss
harp Oliver Wass
timps Steve Gibson

Director - Jeremy Gray
Associate director and choreography - Alicia Frost
Costumes - Jess Iliad

When the orphaned Cinderella, cruelly exploited by her step-family, generously provides breakfast for an itinerant beggar, little does she realise that her reward will be the love and hand of Prince Ramiro.  But first she needs a new dress for the ball – and the discarded slipper has to fit…

Isouard’s charming and lyrical telling of Perrault’s much-loved fairy-tale was composed in 1810 for the Opéra-Comique Theatre in Paris and immediately took Europe by storm, its popularity only eclipsed when Rossini adapted the same libretto for La Cenerentola seven years later. Cinderella’s sincerity is matched by simple and affecting melody, whilst her vain step-sisters battle it out with torrents of spectacular coloratura. Ensembles of almost Mozartian effect contribute to make this a jewel of an opera.

There is a pre-concert talk at 6.00pm.

tickets: https://www.sjss.org.uk/events/bampton-classical-opera-3