We are delighted to announce the launch of our latest, exciting venture – a completely new production of an opera we are writing ourselves, taking some great arias, duets and choruses and weaving them together with new translations into an entirely new story – but one which has all the elements of opera one would expect. Explore our site further for more information.
Please note, the number of seats are limited – so don’t delay.
Sheffield City Opera Presents -Cinderella
Library Theatre, Tudor Square, Sheffield S1 1XZ
Music by Jules Massenet
English version by Jeremy Sams
Performed by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited
**For Health and Safety reasons, the Library Theatre cannot accommodate wheelchairs.**
Cinderella: Sarah Richards
Madame de la Haltière (stepmother of Cinderella): Rachel Abbott
Prince Charming: Rebecca Lambert
The Fairy: Lorraine webb
Dorothée, stepsister of Cinderella: Rosie Thickett
Noémie, stepsister of Cinderella: Fiona Constantine
Pandolfe, Cinderella’s father: Jak Laight
The King: Michael Willis
Musical Director: Robert Webb
Artistic Director: Kay Guccione
Cinderella lives in a grey world. As she stares into the ashes she cannot let herself dream like other girls. Upstairs it’s a riot of screaming colour as the stepsisters try on ball gowns. Their mother gushes as servants run in and out like ants. Comedy piles on comedy as the trio make some truly astonishing style choices.
Enter Fairy Godmother : Cinderella shall go to the ball. For Cinderella’s gown she borrows from the stars, the sun, the moon and a rainbow brushed with snow. Soon Cinderella unfurls into the being she truly is.
At the ball, dazzling days open up for Cinderella and the Prince. Each awakens in the other what otherwise could not be. Then, Cinderella in her haste loses her glass slipper – a slipper made of dreams. Without her dreams, Cinderella is lost. So is Prince Charming.
Enter once more the Fairy Godmother. As she raises her wand, her tender voice soars to the stars as she bids the pair ‘sleep, dream, believe…’
Massenet’s music underscores the action with wit, drama, and at times, sheer beauty – music that invites you to dream.
This concert features some of the greatest love-moments in opera and musical theatre – the rhapsodic love theme from Tchaikovsky’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’; the passionate ‘Habanera’ from George Bizet’s ‘Carmen’; the love-bombing duet from Puccini’s ‘La Boheme’. Plus we have favourites from musical theatre – the unforgettable songs of Gershwin, Rogers and Hart, Cole Porter and Leonard Bernstein.
There’s also fun and froth galore in Donizetti’s ‘Elixir of Love’ – a world of True Romance comics. The fun continues with the Catalogue Song from Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni’ as a servant runs through a list of his master’s conquests as long as your arm.
Sheffield City Opera is planning to stage the opera Cinderella by Jules Massenet at the Library Theatre in Sheffield during week commencing 22nd June 2015. Current plans are to conduct three performances on 26th and 27th June 2015 at the Library Theatre in Sheffield. The opera will be sung in English.
In preparation, Sheffield City Opera is conducting auditions in Sheffield on Sunday, 1st February 2015 from 2:00 to 5:00pm for the various singing roles in Cinderella.
A second date of Sunday, 8th February (2pm to 5pm) has been arranged for any follow up auditions or for those who cannot make the first date.