"We started from a vision of the 1950s as the last great romantic era," says Barbe. "It was a time when girls could dream of becoming princesses, as Grace Kelly actually did." There will be visual references to such period icons as Lucille Ball and Mr. Clean; Cinderella and her Prince will rendezvous at a drive-in movie.
Cassandre Berthon sings the title role, with Katherine Jolly as the Fairy Godmother, Joyce Castle as the wicked stepmother and Fr_d_ric Antoun as Prince Charming. City Opera music director George Manahan conducts. There will be eight performances of Cendrillon at the New York State Theater through Nov. 18; information and tickets are available at www.nycopera.com.