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The 17th Pafos Aphrodite Festival presents Gioachino Rossini’s popular, romantic opera La Cenerentola – Cinderella

Pafos Aphrodite Festival 2015 opens its curtain presenting the enjoyable, pleasant opera La Cenerentola (Cinderella) by the famous Italian composer Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868) on September 4, 5 and 6 at the Medieval Castle in Pafos in co-production with the French lyric organisation Ramfis Productions Avignon and the participation of the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra.

Rossini’s fascinating opera La Cenerentola or ossia La bontà in trionfo (Cinderella or Goodness Triumphant) is a dramma giocoso, that is, a comic drama, in two acts based on the famous fairy tale Cendrillon (Cinderella) by Charles Perrault.  The libretto was written by Jacopo Ferretti and it premiered at the Valle theatre in Rome on January 25, 1817 and since then constitutes one of the most-performed operas worldwide. The operatic version varies from the classic fairy tale of Cinderella since the element of magical intervention is removed by substituting the fairy godmother with a male character who helps the heroine go to the ball because of the kindness she has showed him, the mean step-mother is replaced by a vain step-father who dreams of rich husbands for his daughters in order to reclaim his former wealth while the prince does not recognize Cinderella by her slipper but from her bracelet.  The theme of this opera relates to, teaches and enchants audiences even today since it grabbles with the timeless issues of social class separation, the desire for social climbing, wealth and glory, greediness, selfishness, wickedness and vanity which exist in our modern societies teaching us however, that goodness, virtue and spiritual nobility can prevail.  Rossini and Ferreti remove the element of magical intervention in order to show that the pure heart, kindness, bravery and generosity of Cinderella are the stepping stone for her personal and social happiness.

The melodic, full of images and emotions music of the opera, characteristics of the music talent of Rossini in combination with the inspired sets and costumes of the production will carry the music loving audience to a fairy tale world where a prince can fall in love with a poor girl and where evil can be repaid with love.

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