Music with Ease > 19th Century French Opera > Cendrillon - Massenet
(English title: Cinderella)
An Opera by Jules Massenet
Opera, in four acts, by Massenet, text by Henri Cain. Produced, Opéra Comique, Paris, May 24, 1899.
MME. DE LA HALTIERE, her stepmother
NOEMIE, her step-sister
DOROTHEE, her step-sister
PANDOLFE, her father
THE PRINCE CHARMING
DEAN OF THE FACULTY
MASTER OF CEREMONIES
Time: Period of Louis XIII.
The story follows almost entirely the familiar lines of the fairy tale. It may differ from some versions in including Cinderellas father, Pandolfe, among the characters. In the third act, sympathizing with her in her unhappiness with her stepmother and stepsisters, he plans to take her back to the country. But she goes away alone, falls asleep under the fairy oak, and in a dream sees the Prince, with whom she has danced at the ball. The fairy reveals them to each other and they pledge their love. In the fourth act the dream turns into reality.
As for the music, it is bright, graceful, and pretty, especially in the dances, the fairy scenes, and the love scene between Cinderella and Prince Charming.