Cinderella – new adaptation of Pauline Viardot’s chamber opera Cendrillon 

Presented by: Cape Town Opera (CTO) in association with AM Productions
Language: Performed in English
When and where: July 4-8, 2023 in Artscape Opera House. Evening performances are on July 4, 6,7 and 8 at 7pm, with matinees on July 5, 6 and 8 at 2pm
Bookings: Computicket or call Artscape Box Office 021 4217695
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Cape Town Opera, in association with AM Productions (Fred Abrahamse and Marcel Meyer) are presenting a sparkling new adaption of the chamber opera, Pauline Viardot’s Cendrillon. The production is family friendly and accessible for young audiences. It will be sung in English by an illustrious cast which includes Fleur du Cap Theatre Award winners, Brittany Smith (Cinderella) and Janelle Visagie (stepsister Maguelonne).  Alida Scheepers who is a Cape Town Opera Judith Neilson Young Artist, performs as the Fairy Godmother. There are only seven performances so do book. Info as supplied:


Anenchanting operatic production of Cinderella will come to life in the upcoming winter school holidays in a spectacular family-friendly production at the Artscape Opera House from July 4 to 8 2023. Presented by Cape Town Opera (CTO) in association with AM Productions, the South African premiere of this brand-new adaptation of Pauline Viardot’s chamber opera Cendrillon will be directed by Fred Abrahamse and features a cast of world-class singers accompanied by a chamber orchestra, with fantastical costumes and grand staging that will transport audiences of all ages to a true fairy-tale world. 

From the moment they enter the auditorium, patrons will be dazzled by a sparkling set framed by a giant mirror to create a mesmerising effect and reflect all aspects of the performance. Expect a magical experience brimming with all the comedy, drama, glitter and glamour familiar to fans of opera and Disneyesque musicals, all underpinned by Viardot’s melodic score, glorious songs and an English adaptation of the lyrics and script for the enjoyment of the whole family.

Arguably one of the most beloved children’s stories of all time, Cinderella has long captured the imagination of countless writers, composers, choreographers and filmmakers. Based on Charles Perrault’s traditional fairy-tale, Cinderella tells of the sweet and kind girl who slaves away in her stepfather’s household, subservient to his demands and those of her two mean-spirited but hilarious stepsisters. Thanks to her benevolent Fairy Godmother, Cinderella attends the Prince’s royal ballwhere they meet and fall in love. Thanks to her glass slipper, left behind after a hasty palace departure, Cinderella is found again and released from her wretched life to live happily ever after with her Prince Charming.

The all-star cast is led by Fleur du Cap Theatre Award-winning sopranos Brittany Smith as Cinderella and Janelle Visagie as her stepsister Maguelonne. They will be joined by Cape Town Opera Judith Neilson Young Artists Alida Scheepers as the Fairy Godmother (pictured), Tylor Lamani as Prince Charming, Van Wyk Venter as the Chamberlain Count Barigoule, Asisipho Petu as the stepsister Armelinde and Luvo Rasemeni as Cinderella’s stepfather, Baron de Pictordu. The outstanding creative team includes musical direction, lyric and script adaptation by José Dias, lighting design by Faheem Bardien, sets and costumes by Marcel Meyer, masks and costume construction by Phyllis Midlane and choreography by Kirsten Isenberg. The fairies and creatures are played by young ballet dancers from The Waterfront Theatre School who range from eight to eleven years of age. The original score is also receiving a brand-new orchestration by award-winning composer duo Arthur Feder and Antoni Schonken. 

Accordingto Abrahamse, besides this show being an absolute joy for multi-generational theatre-goers, Cinderella is the ideal way to introduce young children to opera, being fun, visually and musically delightful and just over an hour in duration. From ballerina fairies to the pumpkin-turned-carriage, a menagerie of adorable little helper mice, rats, horses and lizards, and a giant music box set on a revolving stage, this production is going to be a visual spectacle and a feast for the senses. 

Cape Town Opera is deeply grateful to Mr and Mrs Stanislas Yassukovich for their generous sponsorship of this production.

Cinderella is performed in English and runs from July 4-8, 2023 at the Artscape Opera House. Evening performances are on July 4, 6,7 and 8 at 7pm, with matinees on July 5, 6 and 8 at 2pm. Tickets range from R180 to R400 through Computicket or 0214217695, and advanced booking is highly recommended. Children of all ages are welcome. Follow @capetownopera on Instagram for regular updates.

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