Cendrillon

(Cinderella)
Jules Massenet
Conte de Fées in four acts [1899]
Libretto by Henri Cain after the fairy tale
Cendrillon ou La Petite Pantoufle de verre by Charles Perrault
French
2h 45m incl. intermission
An unsuccessful ballerina who, as Cinderella, flees from her stepmother’s demands and sisters’ jealousy into the saving arms of the one, true, great love: Damiano Michieletto’s realistic and ironic staging of this rare opera with soprano Nadja Mchantaf in the title role and mezzo-soprano Karolina Gumos as the fairytale prince surprises “with its magically light theatricality” [taz].

The world-famous fairytale of the poor, oppressed girl was set to music by Jules Massenet, the gentleman composer of late French romanticism, using a snappy orchestral sound and delicate melodies to create an impressive musical masterpiece.

Jules Massenet's Cendrillon, written at the turn of the 20th century, struck a nerve in an era of radical social and technical change, in which there was an almost boundless yearning for brief escapes from a reality which was increasingly coming to overwhelm people. Massenet emphasises the magical and dreamlike qualities of the story, wholly focusing in his version on the happiness of the two lovers and the threats that happiness faces. The airy orchestral sounds so typical of late-Romantic French opera make the prince and Cinderella appear as beings from a world which seems to represent a bare caricature of now questionable norms and values, while also artfully referencing and exaggeratedly parodying Baroque musical forms.

Conte de Fées in four Acts [1899]
Libretto by Henri Cain after the fairy tale Cendrillon ou La Petite Pantoufle de verre by Charles Perrault
In the repertoire since 12 june 2016
This evening is a great success that avoids the conventional
Cinderella kitsch.
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Selected Performance:
Crew
Musical direction
Choreographer
Sabine Franz
Stage design
Costumes
Dramaturgy
Simon Berger
Lighting
Cast
Cendrillon (Cinderella)
Madame de la Haltière
Le Prince Charmant
La Fée
Noémie
Dorothée
Zoe Kissa
Le Doyen da la Faculté
Le Surintendant des plaisiers
Nikola Ivanov
Le Premier Ministre
Old Fairy
Choral soloists of the Komische Oper Berlin
Chorsolisten der Komischen Oper Berlin
Es spielt das Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin.

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