Sunday, 17 December 2017

Theater Basel | La Cenerentola (Cinderella)

La Cenerentola (a melodramma giocoso in two acts by Gioachino Rossini) plays at the Theater Basel.
We all know the story of Cinderella, where she is forced by her step-father to work as a maid in the families house while her step-sisters get spoiled and humiliate her all the time.
The prince, who is trying to find himself a wife, falls in love with her, in spite of all the effort of her sisters Clorinda and Tisbe to convince him that one of them is the perfect match for him.
In Antonio Latella's version there is no magic tree, but a bunch of giant dark flowers on stage, there are no pigeons but human-sized rag dolls that are constantly on stage, either strapped to the singers, placed somewhere on stage or piled up in the between the giant flowers.
We like the unconventional production, the story is told in a very humorous and light-hearted way and there is more than one unexpected added detail during the show. The music is absolutely beautiful and the singers are brilliant and the moral remains the same: if you look with your heart, what matters most are the inner values.

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