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Arizona Opera's 2016/17 Season Finale: CINDERELLA

Thursday, March 9, 2017

(Phoenix, Tucson, Ariz.) Arizona Opera is pleased to present its 2016/2017 season finale, Cinderella (La Cenerentola). Composed by well-known Italian opera icon Gioachino Rossini of Barber of Seville fame, this production is sure to dazzle both opera regulars and newcomers. Cinderella is sung in Italian with English supertitles.

APRIL 7, 8, & 9, 2017 IN SYMPHONY HALL

Performances of Cinderella are April 1 at 7:30 p.m. and April 2 at 2:00 p.m. at Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave in Tucson, and April 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m. and April 9 at 2:00 p.m. in Symphony Hall, 75 N. 2nd St., Phoenix. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased at www.azopera.org or by calling 602.266.7464 or 520.293.4336.

Soaring arias and outlandish hijinks abound in this delightful version of the classic story. Angelina (Cinderella) is forced to serve her stepfather, Don Magnifico, and his two ridiculous daughters. With help from the prince's tutor and a pair of beautiful bracelets, Angelina navigates the precarious court of Don Ramiro, hoping to win his heart.

Real-life sweethearts Daniela Mack and Alek Shrader help bring this fun, vibrant fairytale to life. Mezzo-soprano Mack brings her "caramel timbre, flickering vibrato, and crisp articulation" (Opernwelt) to her role as Angelina, while tenor Alek Shrader brings this production's Don Ramiro to life with "his youthful vibrant tenor and superb vocalism" (Classical Review).

Alternating with Daniela Mack and Alek Shrader in the lead roles of Angelina and Don Ramiro are Alyssa Martin, a second year artist of the Marion Roose Pullin Arizona Opera Studio and Andrew Owens, whose Don Ramiro "served up classical Italian lyricism and attached the high-D fearlessly." (Der Standard).  Mack and Shrader will perform on April 1, 7 and 9 and Alyssa Martin and Andrew Owens will perform on April 2 and 8. 

Cinderella's ugly step-sisters create some of the biggest laughs and hilarity in the opera and will be portrayed by  Katrina Galka (Clorinda) and Mariya Kaganskaya (Tisbe). Stefano de Peppo returns to Arizona Opera as Don Magnifico, the ridiculously pompous step-father, hell-bent on marrying one of his daughters to the Prince. 

Rounding out the cast are Marion Roose Pullin Studio Artists Joseph Lattanzi as Dandini, and Zachary Owen as Alidoro.

Arizona Opera's production of Cinderella is conducted by Dean Williamson and directed by Crystal Manich in her Arizona Opera debut.

Outreach Events for Cinderella

Wednesday, March 22 at 10:30 a.m. (Phoenix)

Kerr Cultural Center
6110 N. Scottsdale Rd
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

Arizona Opera will offer our free Coffee at Kerr music and lecture event for Cinderella at the Kerr Cultural Center in Paradise Valley.  More information and registration can be found at asukerr.com.

Wednesday, March 22, at 3:00 p.m. (Tucson)

Oro Valley Library
1305 W. Naranja Drive
Oro Valley, AZ

Sponsored by the Opera Guild of Southern Arizona, Arizona Opera offers Say Hello to Opera: Cinderella at the Oro Valley Library. The University of Arizona's vocal arts students will sing key arias and audiences will also hear a presentation the libretto and a brief biography of the composer.

Friday, March 24, at 12:00 p.m. (Tucson)

Grace St. Paul Episcopal Church
2331 E Adams St, Tucson, AZ 85719

The Opera Guild of Southern Arizona will sponsor a Brown Bag Opera event at Grace St. Paul Episcopal Church in Tucson. Audiences are invited to bring a sack lunch and enjoy a free performance of Say Hello to Opera on prior to the mainstage performances. Light dessert and beverages will be provided, and no registration is required.

Friday, March 24, at 7:00 p.m. (Phoenix)

Arizona Opera Center
1636 N. Central Ave

Guests may enjoy a glass of wine and discuss details of a main stage opera with President and General Director Joseph Specter at our Cinderella Operatíf.  Attendees are invited behind the scenes to view a portion of the opera's final rehearsal at Arizona Opera Center in Downtown Phoenix. Cost is $25 per person, and registration is required.

Monday, March 27, at 11:30 am (Phoenix) 

Arizona Opera Center
1636 N. Central Ave

The Arizona Opera will host an hour long preview lecture for all members of the ASU Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. More information and registration can be found at lifelonglearning.asu.edu.

Friday, March 31 at 7:00 p.m. (Tucson)

Tucson Jewish Community Center
3800 E. River Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85718

The Arizona Opera Book Club will meet to discuss The Queen of the Night, a brand new novel by acclaimed novelist Alexander Chee, which tells its own operatic rags to riches story-just like Rossini's Cinderella

Monday, April 3, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. (Phoenix)

Changing Hands Bookstore
300 W. Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85013

The Arizona Opera Book Club will meet to discuss The Queen of the Night, a brand new novel by acclaimed novelist Alexander Chee, which tells its own operatic rags to riches story-just like Rossini's Cinderella.

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