At Opera North again for the last of their fairy-tale opera season. Another lovely, imaginative production – this time set in a run-down dance studio – with some tremendous singing. Rossini’s telling shuns the magical and scandalous elements, so the fairy godmother is the prince’s tutor and the glass slipper becomes a bracelet to avoid the shocking sight of a woman’s unshod foot. All in all, a colourful, engaging spectacle.
I was surprised to learn that all three operas have been produced in a basic box set (economy, I guess), because they have been so cleverly staged with a creative (possibly too much so with Hansel and Gretel) use of projection that overcomes the spare design.
I really need to find out more about opera! I think I can hear what bel canto is, but a bit of learning would be useful.
- Angelina/Cinderella – Wallis Giunta – what a voice!
- Prince Ramiro – Sunnyboy Dladla – very sweet upper range
- Don Magnifico – Henry Waddington
- Sisters – Sky Ingram and Amy J Payne
- Alidoro – John Savournin
- Dandini – Quirijn de Lang