Cendrillon
 by Jules Massenet

 

Friday, December 11, 2015 at 8:15PM

Performed in French

 

NOLA Studios

244 W. 54th/8th/Broadway, 11th floor

New York City

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Concert version with piano performed in French.

 

Massenet’s opera Cendrillon is based on the fairy tale Cinderella. Noémie and Dorothée, the daughters of Madame de la Haltière are getting dressed for the grand ball at Court. Lucy, their stepsister, also known as Cendrillon, is not included in the festivities. After her stepsisters leave for the ball, Cendrillon dreams of fairies and sprites who magically change her rags into a magnificent ball gown and her tattered shoes into glass slippers. She is told she must return by midnight.

 
At the ball, the Prince catches a glimpse of Cendrillon and falls in love. However, at the stroke of midnight, she runs away, losing one of her glass slippers in the process. Cendrillon wakes to find that the Herald can be heard in the street announcing that the Prince is searching for the girl who owned the glass slipper. Cendrillon realizes that it was not a dream after all. The Prince sees Cendrillon and embraces his love. 

 

The performance is approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.

 

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