Ruth Leon recommends… Cinderella (La Cenerentola) – LA Opera

Ruth Leon recommends… Cinderella (La Cenerentola) – LA Opera

Ruth Leon recommends

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November 28, 2021

Cinderella (La Cenerentola) – LA Opera
Click here for tickets  : $30 upwards
In this comedy, true love conquers all, whether you call it CinderellaCendrillon or Cenerentola, — even a pompous stepfather and two self-absorbed stepsisters.

This is the Italian version, confusingly called Cinderella here, Rossini’s delightfully entertaining spin on the ultimate rags-to-riches tale which finds our spunky heroine (no damsel in distress here) with an opportunity to nab the most eligible bachelor in the land and outwit her social-climbing family in the process.

Fast-rising operatic royalty Serena Malfi and Levy Sekgapane star as our fairytale lovers, alongside a bit of luxury casting with Ildebrando D’Arcangelo as Cinderella’s mysterious benefactor. Rossini master Alessandro Corbelli returns as the stepfather who tries to foil the happy ending.

LA Opera will be offering two livestreamed performances of this Cenerentola conducted by Roberto Abbado for audience members who are unable to attend an in-person performance, or prefer to stay home. Live from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, you only get one chance to watch. And, of course, the performance comes from the West Coast of the United States so the timing of the livestreams is inhospitable for us in Europe. There is one stream we can reach, a matinee that starts at 10pm for us and surely worth it.
November 28 – 2pm PT and, if you’re on the West Coast, you get another chance to watch – December 1 at 7.30 PT.

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