Barefoot Opera presents

La Cenerentola (Cinderella)

By Gioachino Rossini

Directed by Jenny Miller and Michael Spenceley

Barefoot Opera are known for physicalised, ensemble storytelling and integrated music making.

In this production of Rossini’s fabulously comic tale, the ill treated Cinders wins her prince through her kind behaviour. This is our starting point for updating the storyline. Cinderella’s step-sisters and their status-obsessed dad will trash the earth’s resources, be over-preoccupied with social media influencers, and generally exhibit callous indifference to their environment. The two sisters are heavily preoccupied with their roles as influencers on SM, and they and their dreadful dad fail dismally in the test the Prince sets them, whereby his personal servant Dandini impersonates his master.

How will they treat Dandini when they discover his true status? By contrast, Cinderella’s generous kindness to the refugee at the door will be to her credit, as he is in fact Alidoro, a wise man of the Prince’s court. The court itself is updated to be the environment of a successful scion of a city business dynasty. With Laurence Panter at the helm and keyboard, the score is delivered by a small onstage band, also members of the Prince’s court – indeed, the clarinettist doubles as Alidoro.

Hackney Voices Community Choir and students from Waterside Academy will be taking part in the performance on Thursday 3rd August.

Praise for La Cenerentola

★★★★ “Delightful feast of vocal virtuosity and comic verve.”The Stage

“Without a doubt, I have never enjoyed an opera more. Opera in the round, with an immediacy that no proscenium could ever project. Eternal rags-to-riches, a nineteenth century comedy given a twenty-first century treatment to become an immediate metaphor for our current turbulence. The musicianship and the choreographic staging are transcendent. We were privileged to watch a number of young operatic performers give legendary performances. Even if you think you hate opera, you'll adore this. Go and see it.”Audience Member