Baton Rouge, La (NBC33) — LSU Opera will continue its 2011-2012 Season with one of Gioacchino Rossini’s most popular masterpieces, La Cenerentola, or “Cinderella”. Setting its Cinderella story in a glamorous storybook world of Mardi Gras in 1870’s New Orleans, LSU’s talented cast will transform its stage into a carnival of colorful characters, gowns, and masks. La Cenerentola is an Italian opera in two acts and will be presented in its original language with English supertitles. Performances will be held in the beautifully renovated Claude L. Shaver Theatre on March 29, 30, and 31 at 7:30 p.m. and April 1 at 3:00 p.m. Admission prices range from $30 for general audience members, $20 for faculty and staff, and $15 for students. Tickets can be purchased online at music.lsu.edu or by calling the box office at 225-578-5128.
In La Cenerentola, written shortly after the composer’s triumphant Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), Rossini uses brilliantly inventive music to transform one of childhood’s most beloved fairy tales into a delightful romantic comedy. LSU Opera, as with its recently popular La Bohème, joins once again in Louisiana’s 200-year celebration of statehood by presenting La Cenerentola with a fresh New Orleans theatrical spin. Audiences will delight in Rossini’s beautiful writing for solo voices along with some of his wittiest ensembles. And in one final plot twist, drawn from the opera’s original libretto, Cinderella’s famed glass slipper will be replaced by a bracelet of beads, as, during the composer’s time, ladies were not allowed to bear their feet in public. Presented by John G. Turner and Jerry G. Fischer, with special support from Homeland Healthcare, Baton Rouge Area Volunteers for Opera (BRAVO), and Baton Rouge Opera Guild (BROG).The La Cenerentola production team includes Stage Director Dugg McDonough, Mary Barrett Fruehan Associate Professor of Opera and Artistic Director of LSU Opera, and Conductor Michael Borowitz, noted pianist, music director, and Assistant Professor and Opera Coach. The talented LSU College of Music and Dramatic Arts all-student cast won their roles by auditions in the School of Music’s nationally-acclaimed Voice/Opera Division.