Barefoot Opera

  Gioachino Rossini- La Cenerentola

Saturday 1st October 2022 at 7:30pm
Bourne End Community Centre, Wakeman Road, Bourne End, SL8 5SX

Tickets: £22, Students £10

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Barefoot Opera returns to Wooburn Festival after their sold-out productions of Carmen and The Barber of Seville, presenting La Cenerentola.

Rossini's delicious and charmingly comic Cenerentola, or Cinderella, is a more humanist than magic tale.  The Prince of the fairytale realm, Ramiro, is seeking a woman "innocent and good", and orders his court advisor, Alidoro, to disguise himself as a tramp and test out the ladies in Don Magnifico's house.  Here we find that only Cinderella will help the poor beggar - her sisters and father are far too self-centred, conceited and generally on the make to take time for a vagabond.  It is this same Alidoro who will kit out Cinders in all the finery she needs for the ball, and help her escape before her family detect her.  She leaves behind a bracelet rather than the traditional shoe, and this bracelet will lead to her reunion with her Prince.  Meanwhile, the sisters and father have been further deceived; the Prince and his valet Dandini had swapped places, and they had spent the opera oleaginously making up to a mere servant. In our version, we update the comedy. Cinderella’s sisters and their status-obsessed dad  trash the earth’s resources, are over-preoccupied with social media influencers,  and generally exhibit callous indifference to their environment.

Stage direction: Jenny Miller and Michael Spenceley. 
Musical direction from the keyboard: Laurence Panter with Lucy Mulgan on double bass, and Andrew Sparling on Clarinet.

The Barefoot Opera company never fails to impress, entertain and inform us with their flair for visually and musically stunning presentation and the vitality of the professional singers starting out on their operatic careers.