La cenerentola (Cinderella) - OPENING NIGHT AUCKLAND

 30 May
 ASB Theatre - Aotea Centre
 50 Mayoral Drive - 1010 - Auckland - New Zealand
 New Zealand Opera
IRRESISTIBLY PLAYFUL. Rossini’s dazzling La cenerentola is a fairy-tale with a difference. In this Cinderella story, stepfathers are tyrants, beggar-philosophers replace fairy godmothers, and a silver bangle stands in for that glass slipper. Brilliantly quirky, Rossini’s magically mischievous music tells a very human story of kindness, forgiveness and generosity. New Zealanders Sarah Castle, Amelia Berry and Rachelle Pike shine in this delicious tale. While Sarah enchants in the virtuosic title role, her magnificently naughty step-sisters run wild. Adding an international flavour, John Tessier steals hearts as our dashing Prince with Marcin Bronikowski as his reliable sidekick Dandini. Andrew Collis tries to spoil everyone’s plans as the evil stepfather, while the divine Ashraf Sewailam leads us towards our happy-ever-after, and the triumph of goodness over evil. This beloved fairytale-opera comes to life in our most vivacious and effervescent show of the season. Brought together under the supreme direction of Lindy Hume and NZO’s Director of Music Wyn Davies, La cenerentola will be, quite simply, magic. Accompanied by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. Featuring the Freemasons NZ OPERA Chorus. Sung in Italian with English surtitles. Duration approximately 2 hours and 50 minutes (including 20 minute interval) A New Zealand Opera co-production with Opera Queensland.

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