Ponnelle's Version of "Cinderella" Returns to La Scala
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As commemorative celebrations for the 150th Anniversary of the death of Giochino Rossini come to a close, his Cinderella returns to La Scala in a version that made opera history - that of Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, a multitalented man of the theatre capable, not only of directing spectacular shows, but also rendering remarkable set and costume designs. Thus, it is no coincidence that Cenerentola still remains, thirty years after its birth, a vivid example of musical theatre, perfectly combining theatre with a brilliant musical score. The farcical Rossini makes way for a more modern approach which places the characters in the midst of a fascinatingly abstract game, while maintaining the piece’s emblematic humanity. Liberally inspired by the the fable by Charles Perrault, the opera mixes sentiment with humour, leaving out the magical element. Directing the action on stage is Grischa Asagaroff, historic collaborator of Ponelle, while the musical direction is entrusted to Ottavio Dantone. The role of Angelina is played by the French mezzosoprano Marianne Crebassa, in her first Rossini role at the Piermarini. Along with her, Maxim Mironov, heir to an illustrious Russian Rossini-tenor tradition that goes back to Nicola Ivanoff, in the role of Don Magnifico, and in the role of Alidoro, Erwin Schrott, in his highly awaited return to La Scala.