New-to-Chicago Production Cinderella (La Cenerentola)

By Gioachino Rossini

  • Language - In Italian with projected English titles
  • Running Time - 3 hours 16 minutes including 1 intermission

The beloved tale of Cinderella (La Cenerentola) meets operatic delight in this bubbling Rossini hit! You know the story: Cinderella is dressed in rags and destined to toil away for her nasty stepsisters and horrible stepfather — who is scheming to convince the Prince to marry one of his "real" daughters. But not so fast — mean girls aren't the Prince's style, and there's a happily-ever-after ending for the maid with the heart of gold in this "triumphant, dazzling production...that blends a riot of color with sophisticated comedy just oozing with mirth." (Houston Chronicle)

Superstar mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as leading lady, partnered with bel canto master Lawrence Brownlee in his eagerly awaited Lyric debut (he sings "with freedom and fervor…a reminder of the infectious excitement Rossini makes possible" —The New York Times) and acclaimed Lyric favorite Alessandro Corbelli as the pompous stepfather.

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This production of Cinderella was presented at Lyric October 4 – 30, 2015. View our calendar to see what's currently on stage.

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by Gioachino Rossini

Warner Classics – Larmore, Gimenez, cond. Rizzi

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by Gioachino Rossini

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

Commentary by Sir Andrew Davis in collaboration with Jack Zimmerman
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Cinderella Synopsis

The opera takes place at the home of Don Magnifico and in the palace of the prince, Don Ramiro.

Meet The Artists

Isabel Leonard

Angelina (Cinderella)

Lawrence Brownlee

Prince Ramiro

Alessandro Corbelli

Don Magnifico

Vito Priante


Christian Van Horn


Diana Newman


Annie Rosen


Sir Andrew Davis


Joan Font


Joan Guillen


Albert Faura

Lighting Designer

Michael Black

Chorus Master

Xevi Dorca


Lyric Opera presentation generously made possible by Margot and Josef Lakonishok, The Nelson Cornelius Production Endowment Fund,and PowerShares QQQ.

Coproduction of Houston Grand Opera, Welsh National Opera, Gran Teatre del Liceu, and Grand Théâtre de Genève.

Photo: Todd Rosenberg