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.

 

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