Opéra-comique in three acts to a libretto by Charles-Guillaume Étienne, premiered on 22 February 1810 at the Opéra Comique
Live Concert Opéra de Massy
Fri 31 January 2020
Théâtre de Caen, Caen
Sat 25 April 2020
Opéra de Massy, Massy
Sun 26 April 2020
Opéra de Massy, Massy
Premiered on 22 February 1810 at the Opéra-Comique, Nicolas Isouard’s Cendrillon was a huge success for several decades, being performed widely throughout Europe. In actual fact, Rossini’s La Cenerentola (1817) is none other than an Italian adaptation of this French opéra-comique, which was translated into many languages before being copied on several occasions. Isouard’s score contains some moving passages for the title role which, if the critics of the day are to be believed, were interpreted to perfection by Madame Saint-Aubin, who created the role. The romance “Je suis fidèle et soumise” was soon being played on every piano and transcribed for all kinds of instruments. However, it was the two wicked sisters, Clorinde and Tisbé, in particular, who were given some breathtakingly virtuosic numbers. Madame Duret and Madame Regnault tackled these with great bravura. Two comic roles – Baron Montefiascone and the squire Dandini – share a vast array of comical retorts which reveal the true extent of their pompous self-satisfaction. Marc Paquien continues his collaboration with the Palazzetto Bru Zane and conductor Julien Chauvin in an original approach that emphasises the distinctive nature of this particular Cendrillon: here, fairytale fantasy takes a back seat to a more conspicuous comic dimension. However, make no mistake: this surface humour affords countless glimpses of an irony that is highly topical in a world where showy “appearances” fare better than discreet modesty.
Julien Chauvin conductor
Marc Paquien direction
Emmanuel Clolus scenery
Claire Risterucci costumes
Nathy Polak make-up and hairstyles
Dominique Bruguière light design
Abdul Alafrez special effects
Cendrillon Anaïs Constans
Clorinde Jeanne Crousaud
Tisbé Louise Pingeot
Ramir, prince de Salerne Sahy Ratia
Alidor, son précepteur Jérôme Boutillier
Dandini, écuyer du prince Christophe Vandevelde
Le Baron de Montefiascone Jean-Paul Muel
In collaborazione con il Théâtre de Caen
In collaborazione con l’Opéra de Massy