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Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse and Regional Victoria Tour
18 Oct 2016 - 8 Nov 2016

A classic fairy tale told through music and song in an enchanting new production.

A young girl Cendrillon (Cinderella) is treated like a servant by her selfish stepmother and two stepsisters. When The Fairy Godmother magically transforms Cendrillon, she secretly attends the Royal Ball but leaves her glass slipper behind. The prince, desperate to find this mysterious beauty, searches the kingdom. 

With its whimsical nature and beautiful music, Cinderella is a perfect introduction for children to the spellbinding world of opera. Based on the much loved fairytale, this rare 19th century work will be presented as a specially reduced one hour version. Victorian Opera’s talented developing artists bring to life the enchanted world of Cendrillon complete with gorgeous costumes and a chamber orchestra.

Composer Jules Massenet
Librettist Henri Caïn


Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse

Saturday 16 July 2016, 11am
Saturday 16 July 2016, 2pm
Saturday 16 July 2016, 5pm

Sung in French with English surtitles

Running time is approximately 50 minutes

Schools performances

Friday 15 July 2016, 10:30am, 1pm
Monday 18 July 2016, 10:30am, 1pm

Regional tour

Tuesday 18 October 2016, 10:30am, 1pm

Tuesday 25 October 2016, 10:30am, 1pm

Wednesday 2 November 2016, 10:30am, 1pm

Tuesday 8 November 2016, 10:30am, 1pm

Friday 18 November 2016, 10am, 12:30pm

Cast & Crew

Creative team

Conductor Phoebe Briggs
Director Libby Hill
Set and Costume Design Candice MacAllister
Lighting Designer Joseph Mercurio 


Lucette/Cendrillon Kirilie Blythman
The King/Ensemble Kiran Rajasingam
Hairdresser/Ensemble Elizabeth Barrow
Dressmaker/Ensemble Alexandra Ioan
Herald/Ensemble Brenton Spiteri
Pandolfe Daniel Carison
Madame de la Haltière Fleuranne Brockway
Noémie Cristina Russo
Dorethée Shakira Tsindos
Fairy Godmother Michelle McCarthy
Prince Charming Carlos E. Bárcenas 

Information for schools

Victorian Opera’s sell-out family performances have also captivated thousands of primary school students and teachers around Victoria. This is because opera can engage curious young minds through the unique exploration of theatre, music, language and singing. The popularity of these fairytale operas is testament to that. 

As part of our commitment to inspiring the next generation to fully appreciate the language of opera, the work will be performed in its original French with surtitles in English to help children understand the drama on stage. Cinderella is Victorian Opera’s fourth family opera presentation with Arts Centre Melbourne following Puss in Boots (2013), Hansel and Gretel (2014) and Alice’s Adventures in Operaland (2015).

Victorian Opera's 2016 production of Cinderella. Photo: Charlie Kinross

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Arts Centre Melbourne