Bampton Classical Opera spreads a little joy with Nicolò Isouard's Cendrillon
It’s summer, it’s tough out there and what we really need is a little gentle frivolity. What could be better than a story everyone knows and loves from their childhood – Cinderella? True love wins, cruelty is overcome, confusions resolved, the right decision is made and everyone is happy - except perhaps Cinderella’s self-serving siblings. Which is exactly as it should be.
Isouard’s opera Cendrillon is based on the fairy-tale by Charles Perrault and was very popular during the composer’s lifetime. It became a rarity after Rossini created his version of the tale but was recently nominated in the ‘Rediscovered Opera’ category at the International Opera Awards following performances in America.
It has been freshly translated for this new production by Gilly French with dialogues by Jeremy Gray, the artistic directors of Bampton Classical Opera which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Happily, the performance also marks the bicentenary of Isouard’s death; he died in 1818.
The premiere of Bampton Classical Opera’s new translation of Cinderella by Nicolò Isouard opens at the Deanery Garden, Bampton on July 20, moves to the Orangery at Westonbirt on August 27 and to St John’s Smith Square on September 18.