Houston, TX (January 11, 2016) - Opera in the Heights (Oh!) presents Gioachino Rossini’s La Cenerentola as the third offering of its 20th anniversary season, providing a unique take on the classic fairy tale, Cinderella. This opera, considered to be one of Rossini’s greatest achievements, will be enjoyed by adults and children alike.
Rossini composed La Cenerentola when he was only 25, following the success of The Barber of Seville the previous year. 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.
"Oh! has once again assembled some of the finest emerging artists in the country to bring this wonderful work to life,” says Eiki Isomura, Principal Conductor. “Our dynamic cast is sure to dazzle with its vocal pyrotechnics. Rossini's score is like musical caffeine; it pumps through your veins and lifts you up."
"La Cenerentola is the Cinderella story that I wish we all could have grown up with, one in which humility and kindness, rather than magic and beauty, triumph above all,” Isomura continues. “With comedic genius David Ward returning to Oh! as stage director, audiences can look forward to a hilarious and heartwarming production."
Performance dates are Feb. 5, 11 and 13 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. Tickets are on sale online now at operaintheheights.org. Single tickets prices are $35 - $67 for regular tickets, $32 - $58 for seniors and $15 - $17 for student tickets in limited seating areas. Parents of children 16 and under can purchase premier seats with a special ticket price just for kids during checkout. All performances take place at Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Boulevard.
The 20th season closes with Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, which is based on the myth of Orpheus, a legendary ancient Greek hero endowed with superhuman musical abilities, and his love, Eurydice. The opera takes to the stage on Apr. 8, 14 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. and on Apr. 10 at 2 p.m.
Opera in the Heights is a professional opera company that exists to provide a stage for emerging performers and to bring affordable opera to the Greater Houston Area. All operas are fully staged with orchestra and presented in the original language with English translation (where applicable) projected above the stage.
Photo: Principal Conductor Eiki Isomura conducts the orchestra for La tragedie de Carmen. Photo credit: Mariam Khalili.
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