Cin­derella’s fairy­tale opera ‘al­most sold out’ in Paphos

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Or­gan­is­ers of this year’s “Pafos Aphrodite Fes­ti­val” have seen a last-minute rush for ticket sales for the opera next month for the fa­mous melo­drama “La Cener­en­tola” (Cin­derella) by Gioachino Rossini, due to an im­prove­ment in the eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion that had af­fected at­ten­dance in 2013 and 2014.

This year’s opera, the 17th so far, will be held at the me­dieval castle in the har­bour on Septem­ber 4, 5 and 6 with a team of ac­claimed artists hail­ing from the French lyri­cal group, Ram­fis Pro­duc­tions Avi­gnon, joined by the Cyprus Sym­phony Or­ches­tra for the third year in a row.

The side stands have the seats that sell the fastest, said a spokesper­son for the or­gan­is­ers. Tick­ets at EUR 25 to 50 are still avail­able online at while tick­ets for the cen­tral stands are selling for EUR 40 to 70, she said.

Ho­tels, that are part­ners to­gether with all the Paphos mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in the non-profit com­pany that hosts the opera each year, are also selling tick­ets di­rectly through their own reser­va­tion sys­tems as many are of­fer­ing short-stay pack­ages, with lav­ish opera-themed din­ners and trans­fers. Other ho­tels are of­fer­ing a sin­gle night bed and break­fast rate, in­clud­ing opera tick­ets, start­ing from EUR 59 per per­son.

The most pop­u­lar nights for the opera, that ac­com­mo­dates 7,000 peo­ple over the three-day event, are the premier on Fri­day (Septem­ber 4) and on the Satur­day, with the Sun­day event re­garded as a more re­laxed and per­for­mance.

Some 40% of ticket sales are from over­seas, in­clud­ing di­rect sales and pack­ages pre-sold to tour op­er­a­tors, with the best sales com­ing from Ger­many, while the re­main­ing 60% of ticket sales are tra­di­tion­ally from lo­cal res­i­dents, Cypri­ots or for­eign, who buy the ticket online or re­serve them and pay at the box of­fice.

Com­ing out of the eco­nomic cri­sis, cor­po­rate ticket buy­ers are also re­turn­ing this year to com­ple­ment the main spon­sors Min­istry of Cul­ture and the Cyprus Tourism Or­gan­i­sa­tion, as well as forex com­pany Banc De Bi­nary.

This year’s opera will also be mile­stone for Paolo Panizza who will di­rect the event for the third year, while Mas­simo Tad­dia will con­duct the or­ches­tra. A team of Cypriot cho­ris­ters will ac­com­pany the lyric choir “Amintore Galli” from the Ital­ian city of Ri­mini.

Paphos Mayor Fe­donas Fe­donos, ex-of­fi­cio Pres­i­dent of the board of the or­gan­i­se­ing com­pany, said that in the past 17 years, Paphos and Cyprus have left their own mark on the cul­tural map of Europe, high­lighted by the fact that the town has been des­ig­nated as Cul­tural Cap­i­tal of Europe for 2017.

This year’s spon­sors also in­clude the Sha­co­las Group, the Kanika Ho­tels Group, that will pro­vide cater­ing and host the VIP stand, and media spon­sors MyDesti­na­tionCyprus the DIAS group with Sigma tele­vi­sion.

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