June 19, 2018

Press Release: Portland Opera Presents Rossini’s Cinderella Story, La Cenerentola

Portland Opera will present Rossini’s take on the classic Cinderella story, La Cenerentola, beginning on July 13. This storybook new production, directed by General Director Christopher Mattaliano will be conducted by acclaimed conductor Carolyn Kuan, who makes her company debut with this piece, and will star Resident Artist Kate Farrar in the title role of Angelina. Portland Opera will present six performances of La Cenerentola on July 13, 15 (matinee), 19, 21, 25, 28 at the Newmark Theatre. In addition, the opera will be broadcast outdoors on July 25, on SW Main Street between the Antoinette Hatfield and Arlene Schnitzer Concert Halls. Audiences are invited to enjoy an evening of opera under summer skies with a free live simulcast.

La Cenerentola is the perfect family-friendly opera, and a great production for the first-time opera-goer,” says stage director Christopher Mattaliano. “I love directing this bright and heartwarming piece about true love and generosity of spirit, and I can’t wait to share it.”

The cast also features rising Australian tenor Alasdair Kent in his Portland Opera debut as Don Ramiro, the Prince of Salerno. Bass-baritone Eduardo Chama, last seen at Portland Opera in the title role in 2013’s Falstaff, plays the buffoonish stepfather, Don Magnifico. Resident Artist Helen Huang and Vancouver, Washington native Laura Beckel Thoreson play Angelina’s cruel stepsisters, Clorinda and Tisbe. Former Resident Artist Ryan Thorn sings the role of Dandini, Don Ramiro’s valet, and Daniel Mobbs returns to Portland Opera in the role of Alidoro, the philosopher and Don Ramiro’s tutor. Daniel Meeker and Sue Bonde return to the company as Set Designer and Costume Designer, and Connie Yun returns as Lighting Designer.

On July 18th, Portland Opera will present a free Cinderella celebration in Director Park at noon. This event will feature performances from the opera by cast members and a sing-a-long of favorite Cinderella tunes from musical versions of the fairytale. Children are encouraged to dress up as their favorite character, and all are invited to enjoy complimentary ice cream from the Umpqua Bank Ice Cream cart.

This production of La Cenerentola is made possible by M&T Bank, Barran Liebman LLP, and Et Fille Wines. Portland Opera appreciates the ongoing support of funders including The Collins Foundation, Meyer Memorial Trust, Oregon Arts Commission, Work for Art, the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, and The Regional Arts & Culture Council, including support from the City of Portland, Multnomah County, and the Arts Education & Access Fund.

Fun Facts

Portland Opera first performed La Cenerentola in 1977, and the most recent production of the opera (directed by Christopher Mattaliano) took place in 2007.

There are a few key differences in Rossini’s La Cenerentola compared to the traditional fairy tale story. For example, in the opera, Cinderella is identified not by a glass slipper, but by a bracelet, and she is aided by the character Alidoro, rather than by a fairy godmother.

Rossini composed La Cenerentola after the great success of his work Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), which Portland Opera will present next season.

Tickets and Information

Performances take place at 7:30PM at the Newmark Theatre, with the exception of the matinee on July 15, which begins at 2:00 PM. One hour prior to curtain, audience members are invited to join a discussion in the theatre that provides context and unique insights into the opera.

La Cenerentola will be sung in Italian with projected English translations.

Portland Opera is a proud participant in Arts for All—providing $5 tickets for Oregon Trail Card holders. A limited number of rush tickets (for seniors, students, and United States Armed Forces personnel and their families) are available for performances of La Cenerentola. Student rush tickets are available online on the Monday before the performances. Call 503-241-1802 for more information.

The performance on July 15 at 2pm will include an audio description of the visual and physical events on stage for patrons who are blind or have low vision. For patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing, each performance is visually translated with English text projected above the stage.

Tickets for La Cenerentola are now available, starting at $35. For more information, and to purchase tickets visit PortlandOpera.org or call Patron Services at 503-241-1802. For more information, patrons may also contact the Opera Concierge at concierge@portlandopera.org.

La Cenerentola Cast and Creative Team

Kate Farrar as Cenerentola/Angelina
Alasdair Kent* as Don Ramiro
Ryan Thorn as Dandini
Eduardo Chama as Don Magnifico
Helen Huang as Clorinda
Laura Beckel Thoreson as Tisbe
Daniel Mobbs as Alidoro

Conductor, Carolyn Kuan*
Stage Director, Christopher Mattaliano
Set Designer, Daniel Meeker
Costume Designer, Sue Bonde
Lighting Designer, Connie Yun
Chorus Master, Nicholas Fox
Assistant Director, Seth Hoff
Stage Manager, Valerie Wheeler*
Principle Accompanist, Joel Ayau*

*Indicates Portland Opera Debut

About Portland Opera

Portland Opera exists to inspire, challenge, and uplift its audiences by creating productions of high artistic quality and is proud to be a part of the region’s thriving artistic and business community. We celebrate the beauty and breadth of the opera repertoire with four main stage performances each season. Our 2018 main stage opera season includes Verdi’s Rigoletto, Gounod’s Faust, Rossini’s La Cenerentola, and Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice. The company is also a committed educational partner, touring operas to schools and community centers throughout Oregon and SW Washington region each year, in addition to a host of other efforts designed to make opera accessible for all.

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Silja Tobin, Marketing & Communications Manager Portland Opera