Seattle Opera’s 2017 touring production is inspired by various global retellings of the timeless rags-to-riches tale. Cinderella en España sets the action in the culturally vibrant coastal city of Barcelona, providing a lively, modern-day Spanish-English bilingual backdrop to this deceptively simple story about the beauty of kindness and the ugliness of mistreating others. Libretto by Kate Pogue, Music by Mary Carol Warwick, Stage Direction by Kelly Kitchens, Costumes by Melanie Burgess, commissioned by Houston Grand Opera.
Bilingual production in Spanish and English.
Once upon a now, on the streets of Barcelona, the sun rises as it does every day. On this day the King decrees that a fiesta will be held to find his son a wife – and then he’ll find a job.
Cinderella works very hard in her job at the café amidst the harassment and bullying of her madrastra (stepmother) and stepsisters. They see this fiesta as an opportunity to climb the social ladder and laugh at Cinderella’s idea of joining.
Cinderella’s strong work ethic catches the eye of one customer. With acts of kindness and generosity, la madrina (godmother) hands off her shopping bags so that Cinderella can attend the fiesta for a fun and carefree evening. Just be home by midnight, la madrina insists.