Fifties-Style Cendrillon Opens at New York City Opera

Classic Arts News   Fifties-Style Cendrillon Opens at New York City Opera
New York City Opera's new-and-unusual production of Massenet's fairy tale Cendrillon opens this afternoon at the New York State Theater in Lincoln Center. The staging, by the Montreal-based team Barbe & Doucet, puts a '50s gloss on the Cinderella tale, seeing the piece as a parable of the American Dream of the mid-20th century.

"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

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