Cendrillon (Cinderella)

December 01. 2018 - January 20. 2019

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December 01. 2018 - January 20. 2019

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


“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!

  • Language: Sung in French with projected English translations
  • Running Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes with 1 intermission
  • Location: Lyric Opera House


by Jules Massenet

The music for Cendrillon is furnished by Naxos Records.

"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.

© 2018/19 Lyric Opera Commentaries. All rights reserved. Recording & Production services provided by Mark Travis. The music for Cendrillon is furnished by Naxos Records.
A project of the Women's Board


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.

Program book

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

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Meet the artists

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

Lyric presentation of Massenet’s Cendrillon generously made possible by

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