Cinderella, an opera for children at the National Opéra du Rhin

For the past two years, the Orange Foundation has supported the Opéra du Rhin in creating and broadcasting operatic works for children. The 2014 winter programme featured Ottorino Respighi’s Sleeping Beauty, followed this year by Ermanno Wolf Ferrari’s Cinderella, composed in Venice in 1900.

Fairy stories are an inexhaustible source of inspiration for composers. In the early years of the last century, Italo-German Wolf Ferrari was no exception with his first opera inspired by the tale of the Brothers Grimm. This inspired lyrical tale has everything: the cruel stepmother and wicked sisters, enchanted apparitions, Prince Charming and, of course, the slipper. The music plunges the audience into magical delights interspersed with sparkling comedy poking fun at the villains of the piece.


Cinderella on the floor with her stepmother in front of her. Photo credit: Alain Kaiser


On 16 December 2015, a number of families of Orange employees attended a performance of Cinderella at the theatre in Colmar.
Other dates are scheduled in Alsace for 2016: City of Music and Dance, Strasbourg (9 and 17 January) and La Sinne theatre in Mulhouse (29 and 31 January).


Photo credit: Alain Kaiser


This project meets the Foundation’s two priorities in the area of culture: encouraging the democratisation of classical music, particularly among younger people; and encouraging the integration of young singers, in this case through a broadcast by Opéra-Studio, the training centre of the Opéra du Rhin.

Post a comment


This forum is moderated before publication: your contribution will only appear after being validated by an administrator.

Who are you?
Your post
  • This form accepts SPIP shortcuts [->url] {{bold}} {italic} <quote> <code> and the HTML code <q> <del> <ins>. To create paragraphs, simply leave blank lines.

On the same topic

See more On the same topic

Occasional photographer, lover of old photographs, frenetic instagrammer, collector of cameras… This new MOOC is intended for all those who are interested in photography,...

Huge numbers of you signed up to the first MOOC at the Pompidou Centre school (in french). Alongside the Pompidou Centre and its partners, we are delighted to offer four...

The Cosmojazz Festival takes place in the open air in the mountains! In Chamonix-Mont-Blanc & in the Trient Valley, it is also the musical horizon that expands with...

For music fans, it’s always a thrill to enjoy live music in front of a stage and share their favourites with friends. Like every summer, we are in tune with the times and...

For its tenth edition, the Orange Book Prize went to Joachim Schnerf for his novel "Cette nuit", published by Éditions Zulma. In the novel, Joachim Schnerf plunges us...

Since it was founded in 1987, one of the Orange Foundation’s aims has been to provide access to culture for everyone. For example, the Foundation promotes and supports...