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Family Opera: Cinderella (back-to-back matinees at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.)

Saturday, March 4, 2023 - 11:00am
Music Center Recital Hall

Audiences of all ages are invited to two free back-to-back matinee performances of Cinderella, an English translation of Viardot's Cendrillon.

Written by renowned mezzo-soprano Pauline Viardot as a “salon operetta,” Cendrillon was part of a large body of mostly vocal works that she composed between 1864 and 1874. The libretto, also written by Viardot, takes a more playful view of the classic fairytale. In this version, the Prince disguises himself so that he can meet a partner with a truly generous heart who is not merely looking to marry royalty. Cinderella’s stepsisters, though selfish and misguided, aren’t so malevolent as in other tellings. Her stepfather, now a member of the nobility, is a former grocer who is mourning the loss of his dear Collette (Cinderella’s mother).  

UCSC voice students perform the roles in an English translation by Rachel M. Harris.
Kylan deGhetaldi​ accompanies on piano.
Sheila Willey directs. 


  • The performance runs under an hour long with no intermission.



  • Sat, Mar 4, 11:00 a.m.
  • Sat, Mar 4, 1:00 p.m.