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Cendrillon (Cinderella)

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Komische Oper BerlinBehrenstraße 55-57, Berlin, Germany
November 02 19:30, November 11 16:00, November 16 19:30, November 30 19:30, December 07 20:00, December 19 20:00, December 28 19:30

Damiano Michieletto is one of the world's most sought-after young directors. His production of Bohèmeat the Salzburg Festival was highly acclaimed both by audiences and the press. The Venice-born Michieletto will introduce himself to Berlin audiences with a piece whose story is known to all but whose music may still be unfamiliar to many: Cendrillon (Cinderella), with a magically romantic score by Jules Massenet.

From Rossini's La Cenerentola and Prokofiev's ballet Cinderella through to the Disney musical of the same name – the fairytale of Cinderella provides some of the most popular material for musical theatre stages around the world. 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.

This work is only rarely found on schedules in Germany – it has never yet been performed in Berlin! High time, then, for a new production – because what could be better than occasionally dreaming one's way into the fairytale love story of a prince and a girl of humble origins, especially when made to sound so beguiling by Massenet?

© Monika Rittershaus
© Monika Rittershaus
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