Massenet’s “Cendrillon” (Cinderella) at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona

logoliceu Presents:

Cendrillon

Jules Massenet

20, 22, 23, 27, 28 and 30 December 2013 and 2, 3, 5 and 7 January 2014

A fairy tale

Jules Massenet’s score makes it perfectly clear: Cendrillon is a fairy tale. Laurent Pelly takes the line of least resistance and creates a show that sweeps us away on a wave of fantasy, an elegant fin-de-siècle pastiche that blends melancholy and humour, naïve and poetic elements, 18th-century galant style and the lightness of Rossini. This evocative haven of sound accompanies a mise en scène reminiscent of the sumptuousness of French operetta and the sense of magic and surprise of a Disney classic. Touches of irony avert the danger of sugariness and there are well-aimed nods to comics. The production – Pelly’s tribute to Perrault and his immortal tale – is a book of fairy tales come to life, in which literature, music and drama combine to conjure up an entrancing and delectable world. 

Conductor
Andrew Davis

Stage direction
Laurent Pelly

Scenography
Barbara de Limburg

Costume
Laurent Pelly
In collaboration with Jean-Jacques Delmotte

Lighting
Duane Schuler

Choreography
Laura Scozzi

New Co-production
Gran Teatre del Liceu / Royal Opera House Covent Garden (London) / Théâtre
Royal de la Monnaie (Brussels) / Opéra de Lille

Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu

CAST

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Cendrillon Joyce DiDonato 20, 23, 27 and 30 Dec, 2 and 5 Jan
Karine Deshayes 22 and 28 Dec, 3 and 7 Jan
Madame de la Haltièr Ewa Podles 20, 23, 27 and 30 Dec, 2 and 5 Jan
Doris Lamprecht 22 and 28 Dec, 3 and 7 Jan
Príncep encantador Alice Coote 20, 23, 27 and 30 Dec, 2 and 5 Jan
Michèle Losier 22 and 28 Dec, 3 and 7 Jan
La fada Annick Massis 20, 23, 27 and 30 Dec, 2 and 5 Jan
Eglise Gutiérrez 22 and 28 Dec, 3 and 7 Jan
Noèmie Cristina Obregón  
Dorothée Marisa Martins  
Pandolfe Laurent Naouri 20, 23, 27 and 30 Dec, 2 and 5 Jan
Marc Barrard 22 and 28 Dec, 3 and 7 Jan
El rei Isaac Galán

A «Fairy tales» in four acts. Libretto by Henri Cain based on Charles Perrault’s version of the story of Cinderella. Music by Jules Massenet. Premiered on  24 May 1899 at the Opéra Comique in Paris. First performance at the Gran Teatre del Liceu.

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