Lyric Premiere & New-to-Chicago Production Cendrillon (Cinderella)

By Jules Massenet

  • Language - Sung in French with projected English translations
  • Running Time - 2 hours, 45 minutes with 1 intermission

“Blissful” and “enchanting” aptly describe this version of everyone’s favorite fairytale.

Massenet adapted Cinderella with an irresistible blend of wit, sensitivity, and elegance. The love duets are the very essence of romance, but there’s hilarity, too, thanks to the most outrageous of all stepmothers. And if you want to hear glittering top notes sail into the stratosphere, there’s the vocally high-flying fairy godmother. At the heart of Cendrillon is the delectable heroine—and when she sings to her beloved, “You are my Prince Charming,” it’s truly magical!

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This production of Cendrillon was presented at Lyric December 1, 2018 – January 20, 2019. View our calendar to see what's currently on stage.

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by Jules Massenet

"Menuet de Cendrillon"
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"Marche des princesses"
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by Jules Massenet

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

Commentary by Roger Pines, Dramaturg
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Cendrillon (Cinderella) Synopsis

Pandolfe, a country gentleman, has married Mme. de la Haltière, an imperious countess. She and her daughters, Noémie and Dorothée, bully Pandolfe’s daughter from his first marriage, Lucette (known as Cendrillon). Pandolfe loves Cendrillon but is too frightened of his wife to help her.

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Meet The Artists

Siobhan Stagg*


Alice Coote

Prince Charming

Marie-Eve Munger*

Fairy Godmother

Elizabeth Bishop*

Madame de la Haltière

Derek Welton*


Emily Pogorelc ‡


Kayleigh Decker ‡


Josh Lovell ‡

Dean of the Faculty

Alan Higgs ‡


Christopher Kenney‡

Master of Ceremonies

David Weigel ‡

First Minister

Sir Andrew Davis

Conductor (Dec. 1-8, Jan. 17-20)

Francesco Milioto*

Conductor (Jan. 11)

Laurent Pelly*

Director & Costume Designer

Barbara de Limburg*

Set Designer

Duane Schuler

Lighting Designer

Michael Black

Chorus Master

Laura Scozzi*

Original Choreographer

Karine Girard

Revival Choreographer

Sarah Hatten

Wig & Makeup Designer

* Lyric Opera debut
† Ryan Opera Center alumni
‡ Current Member, Ryan Opera Center

Production Sponsors

NIB Foundation LOgo


Produced in association with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London; Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona; Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie, Brussels; and Opéra de Lille. This production was first performed at The Santa Fe Opera.

Photo: Todd Rosenberg