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The Georgia Straight - - Arts -

CIN­DERELLA STORY Start­ing with the bracelet that re­places the glass slip­per, com­poser Gioacchino Rossini and li­bret­tist Ja­copo Fer­retti’s La Cener­en­tola whim­si­cally up­ends the Cin­derella tale that you know. Among the other sur­prises you’ll see in UBC Opera’s pro­duc­tion of this comic gem, the wicked step­mother be­comes an evil step­fa­ther, the prince dis­guises him­self as a valet, and the fairy god­mother is a tu­tor-philoso­pher. And for­get any Dis­ney-es­que pre­con­cep­tions you have of pump­kin car­riages or mag­i­cal mice. But it’s Rossini’s beau­ti­ful mu­sic that’s the real draw here: the vo­cal vir­tu­os­ity, the speed­ing pat­ter, and the show­case for the ti­tle char­ac­ter’s mezzo voice. Gor­don Ger­rard con­ducts mem­bers of the Van­cou­ver Opera Orches­tra for this ren­di­tion, with Nancy Her­mis­ton in the di­rec­tor’s chair.

La Cener­en­tola is at the Chan Cen­tre for the Per­form­ing Arts from Thurs­day to Sun­day (Fe­bru­ary 1 to 4).

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