School of Music, Theatre and Dance at the University of Michigan


Cendrillon (Cinderella)

A fairy tale in four acts

Music by Jules Massenet
Libretto in French by Henri Cain
After the fairy tale by Charles Perrault

University Opera Theatre
November 5 – 8, 2021 • Power Center for the Performing Arts

The King is throwing a ball in Prince Charming’s honor, and all will be in attendance–except for Lucette, known as “Cinderella” to her stepmother & stepsisters. That is, until Le Fee–Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother–steps in. Her spell only lasts until midnight. That’s long enough for Cinderella and Prince Charming to meet and fall in love.

This highly melodic and witty “Conte de fees” premiered in Paris at the Opera-Comique on May 24, 1899. It is based on the classic fairy tale as told by Charles Perrault, whose interpretation of the story remains the best-known and most-adapted version.

Sung in French with projected English translations.

Artistic Staff

Conductor: Kirk Severtson
Stage Director: Abbigail Coté
Chorus Master: Katherine Rohwer
Scenic Designer: Dipu Gupta
Costume Designer: Christopher Vergara
Lighting Designer: Kathleen Alexandrou
Sound Designer: Roger Arnett
Hair and Make Up Designer: Brittany Rappise
Assistant Conductor: Aleksandr Polyakov
Assistant Director: Sitong Liu
Assistant Scenic Designer: Niamh Sullivan
Assistant Costume Designer: Janna Vukovich
Production Stage Manager: Caroline-Michele Uy
Rehearsal Pianist: John Morefield
Rehearsal Pianist: Natalie Sherer
Diction Coach: Timothy Cheek
Ensembles Production Manager: Erin Casler
Hair and Makeup Supervisor: Sam Whetstone


+ Paris Cast Thursday/Saturday,* Versailles Cast Friday/Sunday
Cendrillon: Christine Amon+
Cendrillon: Colleen Cole Beucher*
Le Prince: Sarah Best+
Le Prince: HaYoung Jung*
La Fée: Greta Groothuis+
La Fée: Megan Warburton*
Pandolfe: Taewon Sohn+
Pandolfe: Paul Leland Hill *
Madame de la Haltiére: Samantha Williams+
Madame de la Haltiére: Aria Minasian*
Noémie: Darla Lowe+
Noémie: Megan Maloney*
Dorothée: Valeria de Luna-Kent+
Dorothée: Myah Rose Paden*
Le Roi: Timothy Zajdela+,*
Le Doyen de la Faculté: Trevor Scott+
Le Doyen de la Faculté: Jonathan Taccolini*
Herald: Jonathan Taccolini+
Herald: Trevor Scott*
Le Surintendant des Plaisirs: Noah Rogers+,*
Le Premier Ministre: Andrew Hallam +,*
Sprite S1: Lauren Fleming
Sprite S2: Alyia (Aliyah) Quill
Sprite S3: Annika DeJonge
Servant: Maggie Reed
Servant: Soleil Garcia-Johnson
Servant: Lucy McDowell
Sprite S4: Caitlyn Bogart
Sprite A1: Pelagia Pamel
Sprite A2: Madeleine Buckley
Servant: Lucy Koukoudian
Servant/Courtier: Ian Pathak
Courtier Dawson: Trotman
Servant/Courtier: Javier Torres
Doctor: Xavier Perry
Servant/Doctor: Anthony Larson
Servant/Doctor: William Lee
Minister: Craig Rettew


[accordion title=”Synopsis”]
Madame de la Haltiere’s household is preparing the mistress and her two disobliging daughters for the evening’s court ball, while Pandolphe, her husband, wryly reflects on the pleasures of the past when he and his daughter, Cendtillon, lived in peace in the country. Servants, hairdressers and milliners scurry to considerable effort, then all depart, leaving Cendrillon to lament her exclusion from the party. The Fairy Godmother materializes in a great celebration of coloratura fireworks, galvanizes her entourage to improvise a costume, and wakes Cendrillon and packs her off to the palace, giving her a glass slipper and also commanding her to return by midnight.

The Palace. Prince Charming is sunk in deep melancholy. Nothing, not even an ensemble of flute, crystal flute and viola d’amore, can rouse him. The King commands him to choose a bride from the company shortly to be assembled. Guests begin to arrive, and a suite of five ballets begins. At the completion of the ballet, Pandolphe and his three ladies make their entrance. Shortly after, Cendrillon also enters to general admiration. The Prince is plainly captivated by the unknown young woman, and there ensues a love duet which is, unfortunately, followed by the clock, striking midnight, requiring that Cendrillon leave at once.

Cendrillon runs home in despair, having mislaid the slipper, and manages to disappear before her father and the three termagants return. They enter praising their own prowess at tho ball and disapproving of everything else. Pandolphe can’t stand up to them, but they eventually disappear and he and Cendrillon look forward to a happier life in the country together. He leaves, but Cendrillon cannot forget her stepsisters’ remarks claiming that the Prince’s interest in the unknown girl was no more than a passing fancy. She rushes despairingly into the night.

The Fairy Godmother holds court in the forest, and when an apparently broken-hearted young man appears, contrives to allow Cendrillon to hear him without being seen. Together, she and the Prince implore the Fairy to dissolve the magic barrier that separates them. Then they once again pour out their love. However real it seems, it is still only a dream …

Months have passed and Pandolphe is seen keeping watch over the sleeping· Cendrillon. When she awakes, he offers comfort. He assures her that her ravings – about the Prince she has never met and a glass slipper she never owned – are nothing but a dream. She accepts what he says, and father and daughter make their escape before Madame de la Haltiere and her daughters put in an appearance and put an end to the tranquil mood of the scene. A Herald announces that this very day all the ladies of the court are summoned to try on the glass slipper found in the palace after the ball. Cendrillon realizes that her “dream” was in fact real and begs her Fairy Godmother to make it possible for her to go.

At the palace, ladies of rank and fashion enter to a lively march and try the slipper, all to no avail..2 The Fairy Godmother announces Cendrillon, and she and the Prince greet each other rapturously, as she easily slips into the glass slipper .. The court renders homage as Pandolphe and his wife make their entrance, she brushing past him to embrace Cendrillon with the words: “My own child!” Pandolphe turns to the audience: “You see, all has ended well!”



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February 9, 2022