Gioachino Rossini: Cinderella (La Cenerentola)
Kristztina Szabó, John Tessier, Peter McGillivray, Michael Nyby, Stephen Hegedus, Caitlin Wood, and Sylvia Szadovszki
With members of the Edmonton Opera Chorus and Singers and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Peter Dala
Jubilee Auditorium, Edmonton
Saturday, February 4, 2017
Hugo von Hofmannsthal, librettist for Strauss’s *Elektra*, which will close Edmonton Opera’s season next month, wrote that ‘successes are made by the public, not the critics.’ Surely the critics and the public will find themselves largely of one mind about the success of this production of Rossini’s *Cenerentola*. That said, I overhead one couple grumbling at the intermission that the first half of the opening night had been a dreadful affair, so much so that they would demand their money back on their way out. Judging by the audience’s laughter throughout the evening and enthusiastic applause throughout and after the performance, that couple was in the very small minority. Although I cannot respond directly to the particulars of their criticisms, I must entirely disagree with them.