Cinderella

Opera by Alma Deutscher

American premiere (and world premiere of English language version)
Presented December 2017 in San Jose by The Packard Humanities Institute and Opera San Jose

Alma Deutscher's opera is based on the fairy tale, but music itself has become the central theme of the story. The setting is an opera company run by the stepmother, who inherited it from Cinderella’s father when he died. Cinderella herself is a composer with beautiful melodies springing into her head, but her new family treats her with contempt, especially the step-sisters, who are vain would-be divas. The prince is a poet, and the story ends with the Prince searching for the lost melody for his poem (rather than a lost slipper).   Cinderella opera synopsis
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  Opening scene - Cinderella working backstage in the opera house
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  Stepsisters Griselda and Zibaldona with Cinderella
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  The King and his Royal Minister in the palace
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  The Prince meets Emeline in the forest, Alma Deutscher at left performing on the piano
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  Cinderella received the Prince's book of poems from Emeline
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  The Stepmother with the stepsisters and Cinderella in the opera house
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  The Stepmother and Cinderella
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  The Prince and The Minister in the palace
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  Emeline with Cinderella in the opera house
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  Emeline, Cinderella and Cinderella's ball gown
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  The Masked Ball
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  The Prince meets Cinderela
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  A balcony outside the palace ballroom
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  Midnight! "I must leave"
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  In the King's chamber at the palace
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  On stage at the opera house
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  Cinderella is banashied to the basement
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  The Prince hears Cinderella singing her song and frees her from the basement
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  Proposal
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  Emeline prepares to lead the Prince and Cinderella to the Royal Chapel
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  In the Royal Chapel ready for the wedding, Alma Deutscher at left performing on the theatre's Wurlitzer organ
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  Full cast on stage after the wedding
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  Cast:
    Cinderella   Vanessa Becerra
    Prince   Jonas Hacker
    King   Nathan Stark
    Emeline (Fairy)   Claudia Chapa
    Stepmother   Mary Dunleavy
    Griselda   Stacey Tappan
    Zibaldona   Karin Mushegain
    Minister   Brian James Myer
    Flower girl   Helen Deutscher
    Direction amd Design:
    Stage Director   Brad Dalton
    Dance Director   Richard Powers
    Scenic Design   Steven Kemp
    Lighting Design   David Lee Cuthbert
    Costume Design   Johann Stegmeir
    Wig Design   Robert Pickens
    Makeup Design   Erica Marshall
    Properties Master   Lori Scheper-Kesel
     

Photos Copyright © 2017 Bob Shomler.

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