Scottish Opera’s version of Cinderella at His Majesty’s

Scottish Opera - La Cenerentola
Scottish Opera - La Cenerentola

Cinderella will be told in brand new way when the Scottish Opera comes to His Majesty’s Theatre next week.

His Majesty’s Theatre welcome the Scottish Opera on Thursday, October 30 and Saturday, November 1 at 7.30pm.

Scottish Opera’s 2014-15 Season kicks off with La Cenerentola – one of Rossini’s most popular comedies, which tells the familiar story of Cinderella in a darker way than the children’s classic.

The new co-production with Opéra national du Rhin will see director Sandrine Anglade make her Scottish Opera debut.

Other members in the team include designer Claude Chestier, lighting designer Eric Blosse and choreographer Pascaline Verrier.

Director, Sandrine Anglade said: “While the frantic pace and vitality of Rossini’s music propels us into a world of escapism, this is emphatically not a fairytale. Rossini and his librettist Ferretti have given us a fable about the triumph of goodness, but also an interesting psychological story: who is Cenerentola? She has lost her identity and sets about building a new one as her own means of rescue and escape.

“It’s a complex and beautiful opera that demands real vocal agility and I’m particularly excited to be working with this highly respected international cast.”

Audiences can expect first class performances from the cast including 2013 Mercedes Viñas Prize winner - Russian mezzo-soprano Victoria Yarovaya,

Rising Rossini tenor Nico Darmanin will perform Ramiro after two successful engagements at the Royal Opera House in 2013-14 (Les Vêpres siciliennes; Die Frau ohne Schatten).

Richard Burkhard (The Magic Flute, 2012) and Rebecca Bottone (The Pirates of Penzance 2013) return alongside renowned bass Graeme Danby.

Rossini’s bright, energetic score will be conducted by William Lacey, who makes his Scottish Opera debut after serving as Kapellmeister with Oper Leipzig.

Visit aberdeenperformingarts.com to book your tickets.

The cast move on to the Eden Court, Inverness on November 4, 6 and 8 then on to the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh on November 13, 16, 19 and 22.