Portland Opera presents Rossini's "La Cenerentola."

Rossini's Adaptation of the Beloved Fairy Tale Comes to the Newmark Theatre

by Sebastian Fortino
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Portland, OR -- Portland Opera will present Rossini’s take on the classic Cinderella story, La Cenerentola, beginning on July 13. This storybook new production, directed by General Director Christopher Mattaliano will be conducted by acclaimed conductor Carolyn Kuan, who makes her company debut with this piece, and will star Resident Artist Kate Farrar in the title role of Angelina. Portland Opera will present six performances of La Cenerentola on July 13, 15 (matinee), 19, 21, 25, 28 at the Newmark Theatre. In addition, the opera will be broadcast outdoors on July 25, on SW Main Street between the Antoinette Hatfield and Arlene Schnitzer Concert Halls. Audiences are invited to enjoy an evening of opera under summer skies with a free live simulcast.

“La Cenerentola is the perfect family-friendly opera, and a great production for the first-time opera-goer,” says stage director Christopher Mattaliano. “I love directing this bright and heartwarming piece about true love and generosity of spirit, and I can’t wait to share it.”

The cast also features rising Australian tenor Alasdair Kent in his Portland Opera debut as Don Ramiro, the Prince of Salerno. Bass-baritone Eduardo Chama, last seen at Portland Opera in the title role in 2013’s Falstaff, plays the buffoonish stepfather, Don Magnifico. Resident Artist Helen Huang and Vancouver, Washington native Laura Beckel Thoreson play Angelina’s cruel stepsisters, Clorinda and Tisbe. Former Resident Artist Ryan Thorn sings the role of Dandini, Don Ramiro’s valet, and Daniel Mobbs returns to Portland Opera in the role of Alidoro, the philosopher and Don Ramiro’s tutor. Daniel Meeker and Sue Bonde return to the company as Set Designer and Costume Designer, and Connie Yun returns as Lighting Designer.

On July 18th, Portland Opera will present a free Cinderella celebration in Director Park at noon. This event will feature performances from the opera by cast members and a sing-a-long of favorite Cinderella tunes from musical versions of the fairytale. Children are encouraged to dress up as their favorite character, and all are invited to enjoy complimentary ice cream from the Umpqua Bank Ice Cream cart.

As of publication of the press release from the PortlandOpera.org there are still tickets remaining. Get yours for a magical evening!