In the wake of Ster-Kinekor Cinema Nouveau’s screening of Giuseppe Verdi’s Luisa Miller comes Cendrillon (Cinderella), by French composer Jules Massenet, to a French libretto by Henri Caïn. The opera screens on 26 May 2018.

Based on the 1698 version

Cendrillon (Cinderella) is performed in four acts and is based on French author Charles Perrault’s 1698 version of Cinderella, one of the most popular, modern-day fairy-tales. Cendrillon is ill-treated by her step-mother and step-sisters, but thanks to her Fairy God Mother (Kathleen Kim) she attends a Gala Ball where Prince Charming (mezzo-soprano Alice Coote) is ordered to find a wife.

Coote plays the prince in a breeches role, dressed in male clothing. Cendrillon attends the ball and leaves a glass slipper behind in a race against the clock. The Prince seeks out woman, who enchanted him at the Ball and an emotional rollercoaster ensues.

Conductor Bertrand de Billy perfectly executes music that captures the melancholy of the prince and Cendrillon as they pine for each other. Prepared to be surprised because the opera takes some twists and turns that gives a different perspective on the classic fairytale.

Estimated run time is two hours 47 minutes with one intermission.

Films show at Cinema Nouveau and select Ster-Kinekor sites: Rosebank Nouveau, Gateway Commercial, Brooklyn Nouveau and V&A Waterfront Nouveau. At Somerset and Blue Route Mall in Cape Town, Bedford Square in Johannesburg and Garden Route Mall in George.

Audiences can look forward to the next Met Opera season in November 2018.

What: Cendrillon (Cinderella) – The Met: Live in HD
Where: Ster-Kinekor Cinema Nouveau
Screening date: 26 May 2018
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