Florentine Opera presents Cinderella

By Laurie Fels
January 2, 2020

Saturday, January 25th from 1:30 – 2:30 pm in the Civic Center.

Does not require registration.

The Story of Cinderella

Cinderella is a folk tale dating back as far as 7 bc in ancient Greece with a version titled
Rhodopis. The story has since been adapted thousands of times and by countries
around the world. Variations aside, it tells of a protagonist being unjustly oppressed,
overcoming their struggles, and ultimately being rewarded.

Florentine Opera’s retelling of Cinderella structures itself after the plot most widely
known in the English-speaking world, by French writer Charles Perrault. The opera will
weave the plot through the scenes from the many Cinderella operas using their original
languages.

While not using every character or elements of Perrault’s work, his plot is a great way to get students familiar with the story before the opera. Explore other
versions of this classic story and have students compare and contrast to find what they
think is the “best” Cinderella.

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