La Cenerentola

January 21. 2024 - February 10. 2024

Upcoming Dates

January 21. 2024 - February 10. 2024


Gioachino Rossini

Rossini’s enchanting fairytale heroine returns to the Lyric Opera of Chicago stage in classic style. Cinderella (La Cenerentola) tells the story of the downtrodden daughter of a selfish father, Don Magnifico. When Prince Ramiro (disguised as his own valet, Dandini) meets her, they fall instantly in love, leading — after a few complications — to a heartwarming happy ending. Rossini’s score provides endless sparkle, with Cenerentola’s and Ramiro’s arias abounding in fabulous vocal virtuosity. There’s also hilarity, thanks to the antics of Magnifico and Dandini. Two rising stars, Vasilisa Berzhanskaya and Jack Swanson, will be joined by the incomparable Alessandro Corbelli to lead Lyric’s cast in Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s world-famous production led by the exciting Taiwanese conductor Yi-Chen Lin.

  • Language: Sung in Italian with projected English titles
  • Running Time: 3 hours and 10 minutes, including 1 intermission
  • Location: Lyric Opera House

Pre-opera talk

Speaker: AJ Wester

Join us in the Ardis Krainik Theatre one hour before your opera performance begins for a free, 30-minute preview talk discussing that day’s production.

Seating is unreserved, but a ticket for that day’s performance is required. Talks begin one hour before each performance and doors open approximately 15 minutes before the start of the talks.

Pre-opera talks are supported by Raynette and Ned Boshell.

A recorded version of the Pre-opera talk is available below. 

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The music featured is generously furnished by Warner Classics.

Lyric Opera Commentaries are sponsored by the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Foundation in memory of their parents.

Sunday, February 4

Peek into the Pit

Peek into the Pit

Join us Sunday, February 4, 2024 following the 2:00 PM matinee of Cinderella for a special, family-friendly “Peek into the Pit.” Attendees will have an opportunity to catch a glimpse of the hidden spot — the orchestra pit — where the musical magic happens, including a chance to meet members of the orchestra and hear more about each of their instruments.

Only ticket holders for the 2/4 matinee are invited to attend this special event.





* Lyric debut
*** Ryan Opera Center Ensemble

Program book

Go inside this production of Cinderella with engaging articles, notes from the director, a complete plot synopsis, artist bios, and more.


Production by San Francisco Opera.

Header image: Michael Brosilow