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Viardot’s Cendrillon

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Monday, December 30 at 8pm, doors at 7pm
Smith Opera House
Opera Ithaca

Spend New Year’s Eve Eve at The Smith enjoying Opera Ithaca’s delightful interpretation of Pauline Viardot’s “Cendrillon,” an operatic telling of the Cinderella tale. The perfect “gateway” to opera for youngsters and those new to opera, “Cendrillon” continues Opera Ithaca’s commitment of presenting the work of female composers. Stay tuned for special packages celebrating the princess in your life, just in time for holiday gift-giving.

Opera Ithaca’s production of Cendrillon has been reconceptualized as a fantasy look at the life of Pauline Viardot herself and her deep friendship with the famed Polish and French composer, Frédéric Chopin. Cendrillon is the young Viardot on a quest to find true and meaningful love; her Fairy Godmother is an older and wiser Viardot writing the operetta as a metaphysical letter of encouragement to herself. She communes with her friend, Chopin, whose own music is infused with Viardot’s in a nod to his immense musical impact on her life.

Featuring a new English libretto by Artistic Director Ben Robinson, this production of Cendrillon celebrates the vast gifts of an often-overlooked female composer and offers a fun, funny, and family-friendly spin on the famous Cinderella tale.

Richard Montgomery is the music director, also playing the representation of Chopin. Norman Johnson, Jr. serves as stage director. In Opera Ithaca debuts, soprano Leah Brzyski assumes the role of Cendrillon/Pauline Viardot, tenor Stefan Barner sings the role of Le Prince Charmant, and Rachel Schutz appears as stepsister Maguelonne. Apprentice Artist Adam Tarpey makes his mainstage debut as Barigoule. Returning to Opera Ithaca are Lynn Craver (The Fairy Godmother/Pauline Viardot), Steve Stull (Baron Pictordu), and former Apprentice Artist Alyce Daubenspeck (Armelinde).

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Cendrillon

Pauline Viardot, including musical selections by Frédéric Chopin and Eva Dell’Acqua
New English Libretto by Ben Robinson

Music Director: Richard Montgomery
Director: Norman Johnson, Jr.
Cendrillon/Pauline Viardot: Leah Brzyski
La Fée/Pauline Viardot: Lynn Craver
Le Prince Charmant: Stefan Barner
Baron Pictordu: Steve Stull
Maguelonne: Rachel Schutz
Armelinde: Alyce Daubenspeck
Barigoule: Adam Tarpey

Tickets:General Admission, $27.50 (plus additional fees)