Please note, the number of seats are limited – so don’t delay.
Sheffield City Opera Presents -Cinderella
Library Theatre, Tudor Square, Sheffield S1 1XZ
Music by Jules Massenet
English version by Jeremy Sams
Performed by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited
**For Health and Safety reasons, the Library Theatre cannot accommodate wheelchairs.**
Cinderella: Sarah Richards
Madame de la Haltière (stepmother of Cinderella): Rachel Abbott
Prince Charming: Rebecca Lambert
The Fairy: Lorraine webb
Dorothée, stepsister of Cinderella: Rosie Thickett
Noémie, stepsister of Cinderella: Fiona Constantine
Pandolfe, Cinderella’s father: Jak Laight
The King: Michael Willis
Musical Director: Robert Webb
Artistic Director: Kay Guccione
Cinderella lives in a grey world. As she stares into the ashes she cannot let herself dream like other girls. Upstairs it’s a riot of screaming colour as the stepsisters try on ball gowns. Their mother gushes as servants run in and out like ants. Comedy piles on comedy as the trio make some truly astonishing style choices.
Enter Fairy Godmother : Cinderella shall go to the ball. For Cinderella’s gown she borrows from the stars, the sun, the moon and a rainbow brushed with snow. Soon Cinderella unfurls into the being she truly is.
At the ball, dazzling days open up for Cinderella and the Prince. Each awakens in the other what otherwise could not be. Then, Cinderella in her haste loses her glass slipper – a slipper made of dreams. Without her dreams, Cinderella is lost. So is Prince Charming.
Enter once more the Fairy Godmother. As she raises her wand, her tender voice soars to the stars as she bids the pair ‘sleep, dream, believe…’
Massenet’s music underscores the action with wit, drama, and at times, sheer beauty – music that invites you to dream.
Enjoy two opera favourites in one evening. Expect magic in spades thanks to a little clever staging and costume. Sparkle on the quarterdeck of HMS Pinafore with salty tunes such as ‘We Sail the Ocean Blue’ and ‘A British Tar’. Keep a lookout too, for Buttercup’ and ‘He is an Englishman’.
SCO’s double concert bill also includes Mascagni’s beautiful one act opera ‘Cavalleria Rusticana’. It’s Easter day. Feel the sun as Sicillian peasants sing happy songs of Spring. Meanwhile hearts are breaking. Let SCO soloists and chorus break yours too, with their exquisite interpretation of the climactic ‘Easter Hymn’.
Tickets: £10/£8 from 07547 230632
Standard Ticket at £10.00
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Concession Ticket at £8.00
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By Pietro Mascagni
Musical Director: Gavin Usher
Turiddu, a soldier – Karl Reiff Santuzza, Turiddu’s lover – Mary McCready Alfio, a rich wine carter – Nigel Rothery Lola, Alfio’s wife – Anne Bailey Lucia, Turiddu’s mother – Jo Hutchesson Villagers – Sheffield City Opera Chorus Instrumental Music – Larkin Strings. Organ: Robert Webb Pianist: Peter Hurst
By Gilbert & Sullivan
Musical Director Robert Webb
Sir Joseph Porter KCB – Stephen Godward Captain Corcoran – Michael Willis Ralph Rackstraw – David Brothers Josephine – Melanie Mastrototaro Mrs Cripps (Buttercup) – Lynda Glover Hebe – Rebecca Lambert Dick Deadeye – Nigel Rothery Bill Bobstay – Geoff Taylor Bob Beckett – Jeremy Craven Ship’s Crew, Sisters, Cousins and Aunts – Sheffield City Opera Chorus Instrumental Music – Larkin Strings.