Rossini: La Cenerentola
Feb. 5 – 7:30 PM
Feb. 7 – 2:00 PM
Sunday Matinee and Post Performance 'Talk-Back' with the cast
Feb. 11 – 7:30 PM
Thursday Evening Performance and Post Performance YOLO Cocktail Hour
Feb. 13 – 7:30 PM
OPERA IN THE HEIGHTS PRESENTS LA CENERENTOLA, ROSSINI'S TAKE ON THE CLASSIC, CINDERELLA
In this decidedly "un-Disney" version, instead of magic and pumpkin carriages, there are plenty of clever ruses and acts of kindness that lead to our heroine's happy ending.
You also have a stepfather instead of a stepmother, a philosopher in place of a fairy godmother and a bracelet in lieu of a glass slipper – and stepsisters!
In the story line, the prince is wise enough to switch identities with his servant as they search for the beautiful girl who came to the ball. This way he can observe who has real character and who is sadly lacking. Audiences will find plenty of humor in La Cenerentola showing us that pretentiousness is silly, and those who are pure of heart will ultimately find each other.
Photos by Deji Osinulu Photography
Meet the Stage Director
Having recently completed an appointment as the Interim Director of the University of Arizona Opera Theater, Mr. Ward now serves as the Visiting Opera Director at the University of North Texas in Denton where he will direct Don Giovanni, The Mother of Us All and a new critical edition of L’incoronazione di Poppea this season. Mr. Ward recently received his Masters of Music in Vocal Performance/Pedagogy and Opera Directing at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music, under the direction of Buck Ross and Dr. Timothy Jones. While at the Moores School, Mr. Ward appeared in the title role of Falstaff, made his role debut as Baron Ochs in Der Rosenkavalier and directed mainstage productions of Kirke Mechem’s Tartuffe and Le nozze di Figaro. His Tartuffe won the American Prize, Second Place for Opera Production. In 2012 he codirected the Scenes Program at Opera in the Ozarks while assistant directing Die Zauberflote and La Boheme and appearing as Madame Armfeldt in A Little Night Music. In 2013, Mr. Ward directed a critically-acclaimed Falstaff for Houston’s Opera in the Heights while teaching for both the voice and opera departments at the Moores School, and he returned to Opera in the Ozarks to direct The Pirates of Penzance and Cinderella. Mr. Ward returned to the Ozarks in 2014 to direct Cosi fan tutte and a touring, family production he wrote, The Opera Games: May the Music be Forever in Your Favor. He also returned to College Light Opera Company in Falmouth, MA, to direct H.M.S. Pinafore. While in Tucson, he directed Die Fledermaus, Die Zauberflöte, An Evening of Intermezzi: La canterina, L’Ivrogne Corrigé and Der Schauspieldirektor and a Menotti double-bill of The Medium and The Old Maid and the Thief for UA Opera Theater. In 2015, he staged La Cenerentola and a revival of his production of Cinderella for Opera in the Ozarks, as well as Hello, Dolly! and Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Gondoliers for College Light Opera Company.
Oh!'s youngest patrons are invited to have their princess portrait taken with Cenerentola after each performance. Bring your cameras, your tiaras, and princess dresses and enjoy La Cenerentola presented by Opera in the Heights.
All programs and artists subject to change.