Opera Columbus to Present Rhode Island Inspired ‘La Cenerentola’

By Francisco Salazar
Gioachino Rossini’s “La Cenerentola” is set to be performed in a modern-day Newport, RI in a new production by Opera Columbus.

The classic work will be set in the mid-century modern town of Newport, Rhode Island and will showcase Sofia Selowsky and Ben Lee in the lead roles. Gideon Dabi will perform the role of Dandini, while Michelle Trainor will take on Clorinda, and Cody Muller will star as Don Magnifico. Rounding out the cast will be Artega Wright and Ivy Zhou. Kelly Kuo conducts the production by Richard Gammon.

In a statement, Opera Columbus General Director + CEO Julia Noulin-Merat said, “At Opera Columbus, Angelina and Ramiro won’t be the only royals attending the ball. This is a perfect opera for families, The Cinderella fable is such a beloved story, and we really want to embrace the opportunity to bring audiences of all ages right into the story and to enjoy the beautiful music.” Attendees are encouraged to don their finest regal attire, and will have plenty of festive activities to herald the occasion.”

She added, “attendees at the evening performance can compete in the Tiara Tournament, which awards prizes to the most festive and fabulous headwear. The matinee performance will feature costume contests for all ages, including a prize for the best family costume. The evening performance is recommended for attendees ages 12 and up, and ages 6 and up are welcome to the matinee.”

“La Cenerentola” will open on Oct. 28 and will also be presented on Oct. 28, 2022.

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