Buxton International Festival’s production of Pauline Viardot’s miniature operetta, is an elegant retelling of the classic fairy tale Cinderella.
Laura Attridge (Director) and Anna Orton (Designer) have created a simple but inspired production. The operetta is sung in French (with English surtitles) and the dialogue is all in English. The chamber opera featuring seven singers and a pianist, has a score where sumptuous melodies abound, vocal lines soar, and the Cinderella tale is told with a smile. The perfect entertainment for families, the running time of the show lasts 70 minutes and plays without an interval. The production was mounted for the first time at the 2021 Buxton International Festival and played to sell-out audience.
It is a family opera. A great introduction to opera for teenagers and young adults.
‘An absolute joy. Directed with care and resourcefulness by Laura Attridge…The best 75 minutes I’ve spent in ages’
★★★★ The Guardian, Flora Wilson
‘French confection…Laura Attridge’s deft production takes flight’
★★★★The Times, Rebecca Franks
‘The entire show is a treat…An entirely delightful piece, given a well-acted, attractively designed staging in Buxton. Laura Attridge directs with keen focus and Iwan Davies provides the flawless piano accompaniment’
★★★★★The Stage, George Hall
‘An unostentatious highlight’
★★★★ The Telegraph, John Allison