March 27-April 11

Music by Gioachino Rossini
Libretto by Jacopo Ferretti


You don’t need magic to get a fairy-tale ending, just a true heart. A kind, young maid, who’s belittled and cast aside by her family, gets a new lease on life when she’s romanced by a charming prince who loves her for her goodness and sincerity. With dazzling music, stunning sets, and fashionable costumes, Rossini’s retelling of this familiar favorite shows that amazing things can happen when you dare to dream.

Perfect if you like The Barber of SevilleFrozen, or The Wizard of Oz.


Sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage.


Approximately three hours with one intermission.

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Cast aside from her family, our heroine dreams of a new life. After a twist of fate, she meets Prince Ramiro. Charmed by her goodness, the Prince asks our protagonist to be his bride. She challenges him, and if he can win, she will be his bride.

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Gioachino Rossini

Gioachino Rossini’s parents were both working musicians who taught and encouraged him at home until he eventually enrolled at the Liceo Musicale in Bologna. After graduation, Rossini was commissioned by the Venetian Teatro San Moise and La Scala Theater to compose and write operas, quickly becoming Italy’s most prominent composer at the age of 20.

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Rossini composed Cinderella, during an especially busy period that followed the premiere of The Barber of Seville in February 1816. Worried about the fast and furious rehearsal process of the opera, the cast was quite tense on opening night. The show as a success, and Cinderella has become one of Rossini’s most popular operas.

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