LSU Opera to Present Production of Gioacchino Rossini’s “La Cenerentola,” March 29-April 1 in Shaver Theater
BATON ROUGE – LSU Opera will continue its 2011-12 Season with one of Gioacchino Rossini’s most popular masterpieces, “La Cenerentola,” or “Cinderella,” March 29-April 1, with all productions being held in the Claude L. Shaver Theatre, located in the Music & Dramatic Arts Building on Dalrymple Drive.
In “La Cenerentola,” written shortly after the composer’s triumphant “Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville),” Rossini uses brilliantly inventive music to transform one of childhood’s most beloved fairy tales into a delightful romantic comedy. Setting its Cinderella story in a glamorous storybook world of Mardi Gras in 1870s-era New Orleans, LSU’s talented cast will transform its stage into a carnival of colorful characters, gowns and masks.
As with its recently popular “La Bohème,” LSU Opera joins once again in Louisiana’s bicentennial celebration of statehood by presenting “La Cenerentola” with a fresh New Orleans theatrical spin. Audiences will delight in Rossini’s beautiful writing for solo voices, along with some of his wittiest ensembles. Also, in one final plot twist drawn from the opera’s original libretto, Cinderella’s famed glass slipper will be replaced by a bracelet of beads, as, during the composer’s time, ladies were not allowed to bear their feet in public.
LSU Opera’s production of “La Cenerentola” is presented by John G. Turner and Jerry G. Fischer, with special support from Homeland Healthcare, the Baton Rouge Area Volunteers for Opera and the Baton Rouge Opera Guild.
The “La Cenerentola production team” includes Stage Director Dugg McDonough; Associate Professor of Opera and LSU Opera Artistic Director Mary Barrett Fruehan; and Conductor Michael Borowitz, noted pianist, music director and assistant professor and opera coach. The talented LSU College of Music & Dramatic Arts all-student cast won their roles by auditions in the LSU School of Music’s nationally acclaimed voice and opera division.
“La Cenerentola” is an Italian opera in two acts, and will be presented in its original language with English supertitles. Performances will be held March 29-31 at 7:30 p.m. each night, and a 3 p.m. matinee performance on April 1.
Ticket prices range from $30 for general audience members, $20 for faculty and staff and $15 for students. Tickets can be purchased online at http://music.lsu.edu, or by calling the Music & Dramatic Arts box office at 225-578-5128.
As the longest-running opera organization in the Greater Baton Rouge area, LSU Opera enjoys a diverse audience and occupies a unique place in the city’s artistic culture. LSU Opera’s programming serves students, faculty and staff at LSU, as well as Baton Rouge-area residents and the public schools of East Baton Rouge Parish and beyond.
The mission of LSU Opera is to produce seasons that offer both standard repertoire classics and compelling lesser-known masterpieces that provide the strongest training possible for the university’s emerging student artists. Annually, LSU Opera presents two fully-produced operas, two smaller opera programs and the LSU Opera Outreach Program, or LOOP.