Friday 6 July 2012

Cendrillon in Blackheath

Gustav Dore's illustration for Cendrillon
Gustav Dore
Massenet's opera Cendrillon is having another outing, this time at Blackheath Concert Halls  with Blackheath Halls Community Opera conducted by Nicholas Jenkins and directed by Harry Fehr. The cast includes Sally Silver as the Fairy Godmother, Anna Patalong (Lauretta in the Opera Holland Park Gianni Schicchi) as Cinderella, Stephanie Marshall as the Prince, Grant Doyle and Louise Winter, with Blackheath Halls Orchestra and Community Chorus. And we are promised a large retinue of South East London Primary School children to accompany the fairy godmother. It will be sung an English translation by Jeremy Sams.

Over 100 singers and instrumentalists from the local community perform alongside local primary school children, students from local special schools, students from Trinity Laban, a cast of professionals all led by a fully professional creative team. It sounds like an amazing experience and Cendrillon is a terrific piece, as anyone who saw the recent Covent Garden production will know. Further details at their website.

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