Teatro del Bicentenario opens 2016 opera season with Cinderella

Ópera La Cenicienta ©Teatro del Bicentenario - Fotografía: Arturo Lavín
Opera La Cenicienta ©Teatro del Bicentenario – Fotografía: Arturo Lavín

Press Release translated to English by Lina de la Torre

The Teatro del Bicentenario in León, Guanajuato will open their 2016 opera season with Cinderella, the Triumph of goodness (La Cenerentola, ossia La bontà in trionfo) which is a comic opera in two acts, full of humor and sparkling music, with text by Jacopo Ferretti and Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868).

Ópera La Cenicienta ©Teatro del Bicentenario - Fotografía: Arturo Lavín
Opera La Cenicienta ©Teatro del Bicentenario – Fotografía: Arturo Lavín

Composed at the age of 24 years, this is the twentieth opera in the catalog of 39 operatic works composed by Rossini. It was first performed at the Teatro Valle in Rome on January 25, 1817, under the direction of the composer himself. Although the work is inspired by the famous fairy tale by Charles Perrault (1628-1703), Cendrillon ou La petite pantoufle de verre (Cinderella or the little glass slipper), the Rossini version features a humanized situation, devoid of some of the elements traditionally associated with a children’s story. Instead of a fairy godmother, the author introduced a philosopher, counselor Prince Ramiro, who pulls the strings to make "magic" and thereby change the fate of his employer and the protagonist of the story. Mice and pumpkins are discarded and the central element of the glass slipper is replaced by a bracelet (the latter more because of the strictures of the time than the will of the composer).

The story tells about a young, good-hearted woman who dreams of escaping the tyranny of her frivolous sisters and father. When the Prince announces that he will choose a glamorous wife at the ball, she takes the opportunity to change the course of her destiny. The happy ending and the exaltation of human virtues, particularly goodness, are the corollary of this comic opera. Currently, Cinderella is considered, after The Barber of Seville, the second most performed opera by Rossini and one of the most acclaimed worldwide.

Ópera La Cenicienta ©Teatro del Bicentenario - Fotografía: Arturo Lavín
Ópera La Cenicienta ©Teatro del Bicentenario – Fotografía: Arturo Lavín

The cast of soloists is comprised of mezzo-soprano Guadalupe Paz, a specialist in Rossini heroines and recent winner of Rossini Award from the Palm Springs Opera Guild of the Desert (USA), who plays the main protagonist, Angelina (Cinderella). The Mexican tenor who resides in Germany, Óscar de la Torre, will play the role of Prince Ramiro; the great bass-baritone, based in Austria, Noé Colín in the role of Don Magnifico; the young baritone Josué Cerón, plays the role of Dandini and the rest of the cast is comprised of bass singer Arturo López (Alidoro), soprano Zaira Soria (Clorinda) and mezzo-soprano Araceli Hernández (Thisbe) as well as the Orquesta y Coro del Teatro del Bicentenario (Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro del Bicentenario).

The musical direction is by Iván López Reynoso,, who hails from the local state of Guanajuato. He is a young director, whose career has very fortunately bee focused on the Rossini repertoire. The stage direction is also from Guanajuato, Luis Martín Solís, possessing extensive experience in theater direction, both within and outside México. In this new production he counted on Jesús Hernández for the set design and lighting; Jerildy Bosch in costume design; Erika Torres, choreography and Cinthia Muñoz, makeup design.

There will be 3 performances of Cinderella, Gioachino Rossini at the Teatro del Bicentenario on Sunday, April 17 at 18:00, Wednesday April 20 at 20:00 pm and Saturday April 23 at 19:00. Tickets are on sale at the ticket office at the Forum Cultural Guanajuato (Teatro del Bicentenario and Auditorio Mateo Herrera) and via ticketmaster.

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