NYU Steinhardt’s Program in Vocal Performance will present Cendrillon, Jules Massenet’s opera of the story of Cinderella, April 2–5, 2015. The libretto is by Herbert Cain, based on Charles Perrault’s 17th-century version of the fairy tale. Dallett Norris is the stage director and Christopher Zemliauskas is the music director.
The wicked stepmother, evil stepsisters, fairy godmother, charming prince, midnight curfew, and glass slipper of Cinderella are familiar to everyone. While all of these elements are present in the opera, Massenet and his librettist have emphasized the human elements, adding poignancy to the tale. This production offers a fresh perspective on the story by setting the action in Monte Carlo in the mid-1950s.
NYU’s production of Cendrillon runs April 2–4 at 8 p.m. and April 5 at 3 p.m. at the Frederick Loewe Theatre (35 West 4th Street). Tickets are $20 general admission and $5 for students and seniors. For tickets, contact NYU Box Office at tickets.nyu.edu, call the box office at 212-998-4941, or visit in person at 566 LaGuardia Place (at Washington Square South).
Cendrillon features scenic design by Brittany Vasta, lighting design by Jimmy Lawlor III, costume design by Karen Kinsley, and props by Nelly Reyes. The production stage manager is Brae Singleton. The cast features NYU Steinhardt students Raphael Anastasiadis, Eric Balboni, Lauren Barachi, Valentine Baron, William Baugh, Rebecca Blackwell, Aaron Cooker, Chase Cornett, Brady DelVecchio, Caitlin Duckworth, Will Evans, Jack Flatley, Victoria Graves, Jacklyn Grigg, Madeline Judge, Michael King, Lauren Langbaum, Alyssa LeClair, Molly Leonard, Emma Goldberg Liu, Jasmine Marshall, Ashley McHugh, Stephanie Meadowcroft, Sarah Merten, Juliet Morris, Brittany Mruczek, Maria Palombo, Kelly Pleva, Mary Rice, Chad Schultze, Paul Speiser, Reka Szakacs, Natalie Tyson-Multhaup, Joseph Valle-Hoag, Geddy Warner, Ashley West, and Katarina Wilson.