Libretto by Olga Mukhortova after the screenplay by Evgeny Schwarz and the fairy-tale by Charles Perrault
Orchestrated by Vladislav Uspensky
Stage Director: Olga Mukhortova
Stage Designer: Vyacheslav Okunev
Lighting Designer: Mikhail Mekler
Costume Technology: Alla Marusina
Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Chorus: Vladimir Stolpovskikh
Director: Vyacheslav Kalyuzhny
Principal Pianist: Maria Mikirtumova
Chorus Masters: Alexey Dmitriev, Sergey Tsyplenkov
Choreography: Maria Bolshakova, Evgeny Myasishchev
Stage Manager: Olga Kokh
Sets and costumes produced at the Vozrozhdenie Theatrical Design Studios
opera in two acts
music by Boris Asafiev
Premiere of the production: 30 December 1999
An opera for children written by Boris Asafiev in 1906, and staged in the style of the renowned Soviet film of the same name, which was released in 1947. It is a marvellous, magical tale in which the heroine, with the help of a fairy, turns into a princess overnight and finds herself at the royal ball. The opera brings warm smiles to the faces of adults, while it fills children with excitement and joy, and teaches them empathy and compassion. Based on the story by Charles Perrault and the screenplay by Evgeny Schwartz, the opera is a wonderful first introduction to musical theatre, in which the music complements the dance and the spoken dialogue.
Cinderella’s Stepmother and stepsisters, Anna and Marianna, are getting ready for the ball thrown by the King of the fairy kingdom. Cinderella is cleaning the house and dreaming to see the ball — at least through the window of the palace. Cinderella’s stepsisters Anna and Mariana are laughing at her. They discuss who is more beautiful of the two and who will be chosen by the Prince to become his wife.
Cinderella’s godmother, a Fairy, brings her to the fairy wood. The Fairy wants to reward Cinderella for her kindness and patience. She turns Cinderella’s old dress into a wonderful ball gown, makes a carriage from a pumpkin and gives Cinderella magic shoes.
Cinderella’s dream has come true — she’s going to the ball. The Fairy warns her to leave the palace by midnight. When the clock strikes twelve, the magic will lose its power.
The clock is striking midnight. Cinderella runs away leaving a shoe in a hurry. The Kings suggests that they should find her using the shoe: if the shoe fits a girl, the girl will become the Prince’s fiancée. The Corporal and soldiers hurry to execute the order.
The Corporal appears. He announces the King’s order. Anna and Marianna try the shoe on but it doesn’t fit. Stepmother begs Cinderella to help Anna; with Cinderella’s help, the shoe fits.
Suddenly the Fairy and Cinderella arrive. The King recognises the mysterious guest who enchanted everybody in the palace. Cinderella’s Stepmother and sisters laugh at her, but Marquis Pasdetrois puts the shoe on Cinderella’s foot and her dress transforms into a marvellous ball gown.
The Kind Magician brings the Prince back from faraway places where he tried to find Cinderella. At last the Prince and Cinderella are together.