Merry drama for adults. Premiere of Gioachino Rossini’s opera “La Cenerentola”

Latvian National Opera invites to the premiere of Gioachino Rossini’s opera La Cenerentola on November 28, 2021. The well-known Cinderella tale has been transformed into a merry drama for adults. Barbe & Doucet, the creative team of the production, has transferred the story to the 1930s New York cabaret atmosphere. This is the first production of La Cenerentola at the Latvian National Opera.

The music director and conductor of the production is Péter Halász. The premiere and performances in December will be conducted by Andris Veismanis. The lighting design is created by Oskars Pauliņš.

The title role in the production will be interpreted by the Hungarian mezzo-soprano Dorottya Láng. In other roles: Pablo Martinez or Mihails Čuļpajevs (Prince Don Ramiro), Krišjānis Norvelis or Pavlo Balakin (Don Magnifico), Kalvis Kalniņš or Rinalds Kandalincevs (Dandini), Jūlija Vasiļjeva or Inga Šļubovska-Kancēviča (Clorinda), Laura Grecka or Althea Troisi (Tisbe) and Rihards Mačanovskis or Juris Ādamsons (Alidoro). The cast is supported by dancers of the Latvian National Ballet, male group of the Latvian National Opera chorus and Latvian National Opera orchestra.

So that Ramiro could inherit a theater from his recently deceased father, he has to get married. The King’s Follies theater was once considered one of the most prestigious revues in New York, but the style is now dated, and its great success is a thing of the past. To improve the business, Alidoro, Ramiro’s legal advisor, suggests that he should marry the stepdaughter of Don Magnifico, the owner of the Button Club, a rundown burlesque show. Angelina (Cenerentola), Magnifico’s stepdaughter, is taking care of her sisters and other performers of the Button Club but her dream is to design sets and costumes for the theater. Angelina’s creative vision helps her to become a partner in Ramiro’s business, but her attractive personality makes him fall in love with her.

After separate beginnings in dance, theatre, television and the opera field Renaud Doucet, Stage director & Choreographer, and André Barbe, Set & Costume Designer, joined forces in 2000. Since then, they created together over 30 new opera productions that are recognized for their creativity, sense of spectacle and minutely detailed dramaturgy.

“The commission from the Opera came the same time the pandemic was starting. There was gloom surrounding us. People were very disappointed, since they weren’t allowed to go to the theatre. We felt the need to bring some joy, entertainment, hope and color,” explains André Barbe.

“Rossini refused to have any magic in the story of La Cenerentola. Rossini wrote it as a human story. This is why there’s no shoe or pumpkin in our production. The story of the opera – be pretty, you’ll find your prince – is a bit dated. We wanted to show that for Cenerentola it was not important to be in front. What she creates and does, in fact, is saving her,” tells Renaud Doucet.

The production in not recommended for viewers under 12 years of age. A stroboscope is used on the stage.

The following performances will be on December 1, 3 and 10. Tickets are available at the box offices of Latvian National Opera and Ballet and Biļešu paradīze, as well as online. The production is financially supported by the State Culture Capital Foundation. Its premiere is included in the program of Riga Opera Festival 2021, supported by Riga City Council and State Culture Capital Foundation.