Cendrillon (2014)


Cendrillon Promo ImageComposer: Jules Massenet
Librettist: Henri Cain
(Based on the fairy tale by Charles Perrault)

Conducted by: Rosemary Thomson
Directed by: Kim Mattice Wanat
Set & Lighting Designer: Patrice Strate
Costumer: Betty Kolodziej

Eva O Howard Theatre,
Victoria School of the Arts

(One Kingsway Ave, next to the Edmonton Public School Board building)

June 25th & 27th, 2014 @ 7:30 pm
June 28th & 29th, 2014 @ 1:30 pm

Sung in French with French AND English Surtitles.

Wicked step-sisters, magical spirits, showy courtiers and The Fairy Godmother! No other opera is as delightful as this perfect fairy tale. Sung in French, this beautiful story of our dear Cendrillon (Cinderella) is the classic tale of a young girl finding herself in a world of posh pretense. Complete with glass slipper and handsome Prince Charming, it’s the perfect opera for the whole family!


SPECIAL: $5 tickets for high school & post-secondary students
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NEW: Cendrillon $12 tickets for children under 14
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Advance Tickets (Available May 1, 2014)
Adults $38
Students & Seniors $34
(Advance sales end 3 hours prior to the performance)


Join us for insightful pre-show presentations by Stephen Bonfield before every Mainstage performance. These 20 minute talks will explore the history of our three Mainstage shows and give insight into Opera NUOVA’s productions of them. Pre-show talks are free of charge and take place in the lobby of the Eva O. Howard theatre beginning at 12:50 pm for 1:30 pm performances, and 6:50 pm for 7:30 pm performances.

At the Door
Add $4 to the above ticket prices.

All performances are general seating.


Full Synopsis     

(From Wikipedia)

Act 1

Chez Madame de la Haltière

A large room in the house of Madame de la Haltière with a chimney grate. Servants are busy preparing for the ball. Pandolfe, the second husband of Madame de la Haltière, wonders why he forsook the calm of his country home to marry a selfish countess with her two daughters, and pities the lot of his own loving daughter Lucette (Cendrillon). Madame de la Haltière and her daughters Noémie and Dorothée dress while the mother tells them how to attract the prince's attention at the ball. Late in leaving, Pandolfe resigns himself to accompanying them. Cendrillon enters, singing of how she wished she could also have gone to the ball. After completing her chores she falls asleep by the warm chimney breast. The Fairy Godmother and her attendants come in, transform Cendrillon into magnificent clothes for the ball, but warn the girl that their spell will only last until midnight, and that the glass slippers will protect her from being recognized by her family. Cinderella promises to return at midnight, and sets off for the ball.

Act 2

The royal palace

At the royal hall, all is excitement, except for the prince who is melancholy. The king reminds him that he must choose a wife. After five ballet entrées where the eligible princesses present themselves to the prince, a heavenly unknown beauty (Cendrillon) enters and enchants everyone - except for Madame de la Haltière and the two step-sisters. The prince and Cendrillon fall in love at first sight but when the clock strikes midnight Cendrillon runs off, as the stunned forlorn prince looks on.

Act 3

First tableau: The return from the ball

Cendrillon returns to the house, having lost one of her glass slippers in her flight, and relives the charm of the ball. Her fine gown has changed back into a plain dress. She hears the returning family carriage and hides in her room. Madame de la Haltière and her daughters insist that the prince rejected the unknown beauty. Cendrillon is on the point of fainting, when her father angrily sends the other women from the room. Tenderly he promises Cendrillon that they will return to his country home. When he has left, recalling her own mother’s death, to prevent her father any more pain, Cendrillon flees into the night, to die on her own.

Second Tableau: The Fairies' Oak

Under a magic oak tree in an enchanted forest, the prince and Cendrillon are drawn together by the fairies. An enchanted arbour of flowers blocks their view of each other but they recognize each other's voice and sing of their love. The prince offers his heart to see his beloved. The flowers disappear and the lovers, surrounded by the spirits, fall into a slumber in each other’s arms.

Act 4

First Tableau: The terrace chez Cendrillon

Back in Cendrillon's home, Pandolfe watches over his sleeping daughter who was found months previously by a stream. Cendrillon awakes and her father relates how in her delirium she told him about the prince, the oak and the slipper. Pandolfe convinces her that it was all a dream. Madame de la Haltière and her daughters appear with the news about an assembly of all eligible princesses at the of the King's palace. As a royal herald summons the princesses to go and try on the glass slipper, Cendrillon realizes that her dream was true. During the march of the princesses, the scene changes.

Second Tableau: A great hall in the palace

Back at the ballroom in the palace the prince recognizes Cendrillon among the princesses. The lovers are reunited and acclaimed by all present, even Madame de la Haltière. All turn to the audience and, out of character, sing that the piece is over and they have done their best to send the audience through "les beaux pays bleus".