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Bravo! Loyola Opera Theatre Ushers in Carnival Season with Performance of Cendrillon (Cinderella)

Loyola press release - December 18, 2018

In 2019, Loyola's College of Music and Fine Arts celebrates 100-year-tradition of music-making

Loyola Opera Theatre revels in the 2019 Carnival season with a new production of Cendrillon (Cinderella) by Jules Massenet. Premiered at the Opéra-Comique in Paris in 1899 and based on the famous Charles Perrault fairy tale, the work received its United States premiere at the iconic French Opera House in New Orleans. The famous European-style theatre, a longtime hub of New Orleans culture and society, burned to the ground in 1919, the same year the conservatory that ultimately became Loyola’s School of Music was founded. One hundred years later, in the upcoming University performances, set in the dazzling 1920’s, Cinderella meets her Prince Charming at a Mardi Gras Ball!

Cendrillon will be performed in the original French, with English supertitles by Allison Voth. A cast of 36 graduate and undergraduate singers from Loyola’s award-winning opera program will be joined by a 30-piece orchestra including both faculty and students from Loyola’s acclaimed College of Music and Fine Arts.

Performances will be Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, at 3 p.m. in the Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall, located on the corner of Calhoun Street and St. Charles Avenue on Loyola’s main Uptown campus. The opera, being done for the first time ever at Loyola, is part of the eclectic and well-respected Loyola Presents arts series.

“This is a masterful score, really one of Massenet’s greatest creations, with stunningly beautiful arias and romantic duets, and delicious comic scenes as well,” said Carol Rausch, director of Loyola Opera Theatre. “The orchestration is exquisite, and complements the setting of the French text. We really experience the composer at the height of his powers.”

Stage director Rachel Harris, making her Loyola debut after having mounted the Pauline Viardot chamber setting of Cendrillon for Southeastern Louisiana University some years ago, adds, “Massenet’s choices for making the music absolutely match the dramatic situation are inspired. This has quickly become my very favorite opera!”

With set pieces from the New Orleans Opera Scenic Studio, lighting design by Mandi Wood and costumes coordinated by Julie Winn, this fairy tale opera will be the perfect start to the New Year as it kicks off the centennial celebrations of Loyola’s School of Music.

Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased online at presents.loyno.edu or by calling (504) 865-2074.

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