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Opera

La Cenerentola

Gioacchino Rossini

Palais Garnier

from 10 September to 09 October 2022

3h10 with 1 interval

La Cenerentola

Palais Garnier - from 10 September to 09 October 2022

Synopsis

Relieved of her traditional attributes – velvet slipper and pumpkin carriage – and dominated by a tyrannical stepfather instead of a cruel stepmother, Rossini’s La Cenerentola plays with the traditional figures of the fairy tale. Cinderella lives, nonetheless, in a closed and loveless world, under the yoke of the tyrant she protects. Beneath her goodness smoulders a fire to be unleashed by her encounter with the prince... In this drama giocoso written for the Roman Carnival in 1871 in only 24 days, the young Rossini, with 19 operas to his name already, including Il barbiere di Siviglia, composed a jubilatory score with his famous “crescendi” that stoke up the dramatic tension. Taking up this brilliant and highly contrasted score, Guillaume Gallienne delicately underlines its subtle shades, from sombre melancholy to burlesque.

Duration : 3h10 with 1 interval

Language : Italian

Surtitle : French / English

  • Opening

  • First part 100 min

  • Intermission 30 min

  • Second part 60 min

  • End

Show acts and characters

CHARACTERS

Don Ramiro: Prince of Salerno
Dandini: Equerry to the prince
Don Magnifico: Father of Clorinda and Tisbe
Angelina: ALIAS CINDERELLA - Don Magnifico’s step-daughter
Clorinda et Tisbe: Don Magnifico’s daughters
Alidoro: Philosopher, Don Ramiro’s private tutor

ACT I

Angelina, alias Cenerentola (Cinderella), lives like a slave in the dilapidated palace of her stepfather Don Magnifico. Clorinda and Tisbe, her half-sisters are both obsessed by their own appearance and constantly make fun of her. One day, a stranger calls. It is Alidoro, who has come in search of charity. While Clorinda and Tisbe berate him, Angelina offers him something to drink. Soon thereafter, a chorus of men arrive to deliver an invitation from Prince Ramiro who is organising a ball to help him choose a wife. The news only serves to exacerbate Clorinda and Tisbe’s self-obsessed excitement. Don Magnifico storms out of his room furious at being awakened by the noise. He tells his two daughters about the dream he has just had and how all the symbolism it contains must be an augur of imminent glory. Prince Ramiro arrives alone at Don Magnifico’s palace disguised as an equerry. He secretly observes the young ladies. Alidoro, his former tutor, has promised that he will find an ideal wife here. Angelina goes about her chores as usual and is startled when she notices him. The two young people are moved by their fortuitous encounter, but they are interrupted by the cries of Clorinda and Tisbe. Dandini, Ramiro’s equerry, who has assumed the guise of the Prince, makes a highly conspicuous entrance. The two sisters leave for the ball. Ramiro holds back Dandini to watch what transpires between Don Magnifico and Angelina, the young servant he likes so much. The latter is eager to go to the ball but Don Magnifico cruelly refuses to allow her to attend. Alidoro intervenes and declares that a third daughter lives in the palace and also has the right to attend the ball. Don Magnifico claims that his third daughter is dead. Angelina, now alone, is crushed by his words. Alidoro returns to reassure her and promises her that her future will be brighter. At Ramiro’s palace, Dandini appoints Don Magnifico as head sommelier and reignites the hopes of Clorinda and Tisbe. The court chorus pretends to obey Don Magnifico who in his drunkenness begins issuing ridiculous orders to them. Clorinda and Tisbe stubbornly pursue the Prince in the hope of winning his heart. The latter announces that one of the sisters could become his wife and the other will marry his equerry. Appalled, the two sisters shower Ramiro with insults. The chorus heralds the arrival of a mysterious, veiled woman. Even wise Alidoro seems not to know her identity. The mysterious woman announces she will love the he who can demonstrate respect, love and kindness. Ramiro is immediately won over, as is Dandini who asks to see the face of the mysterious woman. He removes her veil and everyone is astounded by her beauty. Don Magnifico is dumbfounded at the sight of the mysterious woman who has a curious resemblance to Angelina. Before the assembly takes their leave to enjoy the banquet, we sense a fire smouldering beneath the rumbling earth and feel that a rude awakening may await them.

ACT II

Don Magnifico awakens from his drunken stupor convinced that he will soon be in a position to wield power. Overcome with delusions of grandeur, he already imagines himself corruptly reigning and dispensing his favours to his flattering courtiers. Ramiro hides to observe the mysterious girl from the ball as she is assiduously wooed by Dandini, himself disguised as the Prince. She reveals to him that she has fallen in love with his equerry. Ramiro comes out from his hiding place. Before she runs away, the mysterious girl gives him one of her two bracelets as a token of her love and challenges him to find her. On the advice of Alidoro, Ramiro ends the roleplay and promises to find the mysterious beauty. Dandini, who has since re-assumed the identity of equerry must now face Don Magnifico who bombards him with questions to find out if he is going to marry Clorinda or Tisbe. Cultivating his own illusion, Don Magnifico already sees himself on the throne alongside Dandini. When the latter finally reveals his true identity, a humiliated Don Magnifico is furious. Back at home in her role as a lowly servant, Angelina dreams of the equerry who may soon find her. Don Magnifico, Clorinda and Tisbe return in a foul mood and start picking on Angelina who bears a striking resemblance to the mysterious girl who torpedoed all their plans. A storm breaks out. Using the pretext of an overturned carriage, Ramiro enters Don Magnifico’s palace in search of shelter, accompanied by Dandini. Now recognised as the real Prince, he listens aloofly to the obsequious banter of Don Magnifico, Clorinda and Tisbe. Then, thanks to the bracelet that she wears on her wrist, he finally recognises Angelina and realises that the bullied servant he met earlier that morning and the mysterious woman at the court are one and the same. The family unleash their fury on Angelina. Exasperated, Ramiro stands up in her defence and announces that she shall be his wife. Alidoro reveals the moral of the story to the two sisters. One reacts with unyielding disdain and the other with detached resignation. The chorus celebrates the marriage of Ramiro and Angelina. Forgetting all the insults and bullying, Angelina decides that forgiveness will be her vengeance. She ponders her fate and realises that her misfortune has been but a flash in the pan, nothing more than dream and diversion.

Artists

Opera in two acts (1817)


Creative team

Cast

Orchestre et Choeurs de l’Opéra national de Paris

Media

  • The volcano's daughter

    The volcano's daughter

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  • Draw-me La Cenerentola

    Draw-me La Cenerentola

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  • On the ashes of innocence

    On the ashes of innocence

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  • An eruption in the making

    An eruption in the making

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© Eléna Bauer / Onp

The volcano's daughter

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La Cenerentola by Guillaume Gallienne

3:26 min

The volcano's daughter

By Octave

Backstage with La Cenerentola in company with the stage director.

Draw-me La Cenerentola

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Understand the plot in 1 minute

1:41 min

Draw-me La Cenerentola

By Matthieu Pajot

Relieved of her traditional attributes – velvet slipper and pumpkin carriage – and dominated by a tyrannical stepfather instead of a cruel stepmother, Rossini’s La Cenerentola plays with the traditional figures of the fairy tale. Cinderella lives, nonetheless, in a closed and loveless world, under the yoke of the tyrant she protects. Beneath her goodness smoulders a fire to be unleashed by her encounter with the prince... In this drama giocoso written for the Roman Carnival in 1871 in only 24 days, the young Rossini, with 19 operas to his name already, including Il barbiere di Siviglia, composed a jubilatory score with his famous “crescendi” that stoke up the dramatic tension. Taking up this brilliant and highly contrasted score, Guillaume Gallienne delicately underlines its subtle shades, from sombre melancholy to burlesque.

© Isabelle Debreuille

On the ashes of innocence

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Visit of the sets of La Cenerentola seen by Guillaume Gallienne

02 min

On the ashes of innocence

By Anne-Claire Cieutat, Jo Fishley , BANDE A PART

Guillaume Gallienne directs Rossini's Cenerentola, exalting goodness, and opens the doors of the set. Visit in images and sounds. 

A big house of fire rises. It is dressed in a Pompeian fresco red, a beautiful rosso pompeiano shaded by browns and ochres that could well be the shades of the yellow of Naples from the lava of Vesuvius. Eric Ruf's set - the administrator of the Comédie Française has become a scenographer - erects this majestic house, a Neapolitan palace with a flamboyant mineral façade on a rugged bed of black lava and ashes.

La Cenerentola belongs to a consumed world, this volcanic Cinderella of Guillaume Gallienne celebrates the end of innocence, in a universe that has collapsed. This lost innocence is at the wedding with goodness. Cinderella is a young girl who loves and forgives, virtues that are missing in our time and that the director from the French department exalts.

This Cinderella of Italy, this Angelina of Rossini, hangs on our days its ideal benevolence. Light as the airy harp that plays her music, she has escaped in Guillaume Gallienne's Italian comedy, with its despicable and touching monsters, its boasts between frivolity and gravity, its joyful and cheerful creatures.

Here is a ball with a joyful story, a love story full of fantasy, which makes you want to believe in fairy tales and fairies. So much the worse if there is no good fairy, no slipper, no pumpkin, but a philosopher and a bracelet, we still find the evil sisters, the very young naive girl who goes from abused childhood to triumphant happiness, the decomposed family with its neuroses. It is no longer a tale, but its essential moral vibrates, goodness prevails over cruelty.








© Brigitte Enguerand

An eruption in the making

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La Cenerentola by Eric Ruf

2:52 min

An eruption in the making

By Octave

Backstage with La Cenerentola in company with the scenographer.

  • [EXTRAIT] LA CENERENTOLA by Gioacchino Rossini
  • [EXTRAIT] LA CENERENTOLA by Gioacchino Rossini
  • [EXTRAIT] LA CENERENTOLA by Gioacchino Rossini
  • [EXTRAIT] LA CENERENTOLA by Gioacchino Rossini
  • [TRAILER] LA CENERENTOLA by Gioacchino Rossini
  • La Cenerentola (saison 22/23)- "O Figlie Amabili", Chœurs Ensembles

  • La Cenerentola (saison 22/23)- Ouverture

  • La Cenerentola (saison 22/23)- Final acte I

  • La Cenerentola (saison 22/23) - "Parlar, Pensar Vorrei" (Ensemble)

  • La Cenerentola (saison 22/23) - "Conciosiacosaché", Chœurs et Carlo Lepore (Don Magnifico)

  • La Cenerentola (Saison 22/23) - "Scegli La Sposa", Chœurs et Vito Priante (Dandini)

Access and services

Palais Garnier

Place de l'Opéra

75009 Paris

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Underground Opéra (lignes 3, 7 et 8), Chaussée d’Antin (lignes 7 et 9), Madeleine (lignes 8 et 14), Auber (RER A)

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    Reservation of drinks and light refreshments for the intervals is possible online up to 24 hours prior to your visit, or at the bars before each performance.

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    A selection of works and items are available on our various boutiques: Online store and the Palais Garnier Shop.

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At the Palais Garnier, buy €10 tickets for seats in the 6th category (very limited visibility, two tickets maximum per person) on the day of the performance at the Box offices.

In both our venues, discounted tickets are sold at the box offices from 30 minutes before the show:

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  • For more information: +33 1 53 43 03 97

Palais Garnier

Place de l'Opéra

75009 Paris

Public transport

Underground Opéra (lignes 3, 7 et 8), Chaussée d’Antin (lignes 7 et 9), Madeleine (lignes 8 et 14), Auber (RER A)

Bus 20, 21, 27, 29, 32, 45, 52, 66, 68, 95, N15, N16

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Car park

Q-Park Edouard VII16 16, rue Bruno Coquatrix 75009 Paris

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  • Cloakrooms

    Free cloakrooms are at your disposal. The comprehensive list of prohibited items is available here.

  • Bars

    Reservation of drinks and light refreshments for the intervals is possible online up to 24 hours prior to your visit, or at the bars before each performance.

  • Restaurant

    CoCo is open every day from 12:00 pm to 2:00 am. More information on coco-paris.com or at +33 1 42 68 86 80 (reservations).

  • Boutiques

    A selection of works and items are available on our various boutiques: Online store and the Palais Garnier Shop.

    LEARN MORE.

  • Last-minute tickets

    €10 for seats with a limited view of the stage and special reduced rates are available. 

    LEARN MORE.

  • Parking

    You can park your car at the Q-Park Edouard VII. It is located at Rue Bruno Coquatrix 75009 Paris (in front of 23 Rue de Caumartin).

    BOOK YOUR PARKING PLACE.

At the Palais Garnier, buy €10 tickets for seats in the 6th category (very limited visibility, two tickets maximum per person) on the day of the performance at the Box offices.

In both our venues, discounted tickets are sold at the box offices from 30 minutes before the show:

  • €35 tickets for under-28s, unemployed people (with documentary proof less than 3 months old) and senior citizens over 65 with non-taxable income (proof of tax exemption for the current year required)
  • €70 tickets for senior citizens over 65

Get samples of the operas and ballets at the Paris Opera gift shops: programmes, books, recordings, and also stationery, jewellery, shirts, homeware and honey from Paris Opera.

Palais Garnier
  • Every day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and until performances end
  • Get in from Place de l’Opéra or from within the theatre’s public areas
  • For more information: +33 1 53 43 03 97

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