Piedmont Opera and Arbor Acres will present a fairy tale for the whole family, Cinderella. Instead of a stepmother, this story has a foolish baron and his two vain daughters, both after the Prince. Marie, who they call “Cinderella,” is left behind as they all accept an invitation to the Prince’s Ball. Hearing her sad song, her fairy godmother appears and promises to make Cinderella’s dreams come true. A mysterious stranger appears at the ball, and she and the Prince fall in love at first sight, but will he be able to find her again when she runs away at midnight?
Pauline Viardot’s Cinderella is a re-telling of the well-known fairy tale, composed in an operetta style that combines musical numbers and dialogue. Madame Viardot wrote it to be performed by her voice students in her Parisian salon. Now, it will be live-streamed to yours! Cinderella will have two, virtual performances: Friday, March 19 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 21 at 2:00 p.m.
We don’t want to shatter the glass slipper, but we are shattering the glass ceiling, as we proudly announce that this is the first opera composed by a woman that the company has produced.