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La Cenerentola

Relish legendary Italian composer Gioachino Rossini’s effervescent take on Cinderella. Savour incredible vocals and unforgettable music, as the star-studded cast is all set to take your breath away!

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why watch la cenerentola

Considered to be the world’s foremost composer in the 19th century, Gioachino Rossini created 39 works, many of which continue to be played today. His innovation in melody, harmony, and the instrumental colour was unmatched, propelling him to the top of the opera community.

La Cenerentola is Rossini’s take on the story of Cinderella and is set in the seaside town of Salerno, with the prince of Salerno (rather than some generic Prince Charming) rescuing the Cenerentola from her family. What separates La Cenerentola from other operas is the incredible use of pyrotechnics in conjunction with overwhelming vocals serves a profound dramatic effect. The use of comedy can also be seen throughout the opera, something that is a hallmark style of Rossini. It is also considered to be one of the finest writing works of Rossini for the solo voice and ensembles.

Up and rising mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught takes on the title role and is joined by the tenor sensation Javier Camarena as the Prince of Salerno. Erraught won critical acclaim when she took on the role of Romeo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi in 2011 on just 5 days notice, and she has continued to grow at an incredible pace. Camarena’s performance as the prince in 2014 won him praises for his accuracy and ability to capture both the highs and lows exactly as Rossini intended. Cesare Lieve’s production is intelligent and sensitive. He captures the heroine’s underlying sadness spectacularly well, while still highlighting the cruelty of the two sisters and the father. All in all, the poignant and forgiving opera is a must-see at the Metropolitan!

The Story

Angelica, who is called Cenerentola, is the stepsister of Clorinda and Tisbe, daughters of Don Magnifico. Cenerentola serves as the family maid, and she is singing the song about a king who marries a commoner. It is announced that the prince, Don Ramiro is in search of a bride and that he is looking for the most beautiful girl in the land. Magnifico hopes that it is Clorinda or Tsibe since he is dire need of saving the family fortune.

Don Ramiro disguises himself as a servant so that he can observe his brides freely. He meets Cenerentola, and the two immediately take a liking to each other. Ramiro’s valet, Dandini, arrives masquerading as the prince, and the two sisters try their best to flatter him. They are invited to the ball, but Cenerentola is left behind after Magnifico refuses to let her attend the ball.

Will luck favour Cenerentola finally, after years of mistreatment and misfortune? Will the prince see through the fabricated personalities of the two sisters and marry the kindhearted Cenerentola?

Good For

Opera Buffs | Lovers of Cinderella Adaptations | Fans of Gioachino Rossini

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Show Details

Show Timings

12th, 17th, 25th, & 28th of March, and the 4th of April 2020 7:30 PM
21st March 2020 12:30 PM

3 hours and 16 minutes, including one intermission

Leading Roles
Tara Erraught as Angelina
Javier Camarena as Don Ramiro
Davide Luciano as Dandini
Maurizio Muraro as Don Magnifico

Produced by
Cesare Levi

Conducted by
James Gaffigan

Set Design by
Maurizio Balo

Choreographed by
Daniela Schiavone

Additional Information

Suitable for ages 8 and up.

Available Facilities
In-house Bar
Wheelchair Accessible
Coat Check

The MET Opera has a seating capacity of 3,800.

Outside Food
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out our guide to the 30 Best Restaurants in the Theater District.

Dress Code
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theatre is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.

Important Information
Photo and video recording are not allowed during the show.

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Theater Address

Metropolitan Opera House, 30 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023, USA

Getting There

By Subway

Get off at 66 St - Lincoln Center Subway Station using lines 1 or 2. The Metropolitan Opera House is just a 5-minute walk from here.

By Bus

Get off at Broadway/W 64 St using buses M5 or M7 or at Broadway/W 63 St using bus M104. The theatre is located across the street to the left. Alternatively, get off at Amsterdam Av/W 62 St using bus M11. The theatre is located on the right.


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