Afternoon at the Opera

La Cenerentola


From the Lyric Opera of Chicago website

Written when Rossini was just 25 years old on the heels of his successful The Barber of Seville, Cinderella (or La Cenerentola) tells the story of Angelina, a sweet and resourceful girl who is forced into servitude by her stepfather and stepsisters — though in this comic operatic version, all three of these characters are more ridiculous than evil.

“The mean girls aren't the Prince's style, and there's a happily-ever-after ending for the maid with the heart of gold in this "triumphant, dazzling production...that blends a riot of color with sophisticated comedy just oozing with mirth." (Houston Chronicle)

Superstar mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as leading lady, partnered with bel canto master Lawrence Brownlee in his eagerly awaited Lyric debut (he sings "with freedom and fervor…a reminder of the infectious excitement Rossini makes possible" —The New York Times) and acclaimed Lyric favorite Alessandro Corbelli as the pompous stepfather.