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(Rossini: La Cenerentola). Cont. Stepdaughter of Don Magnifico, known as Cenerentola (Cinderella). His daughters make her life a misery. The prince and his valet arrive at the house, having swapped clothes. Magnifico's daughters are introduced to the ‘prince’ (the valet in disguise) and invited to the royal ball. Cenerentola is attracted by the ‘valet’, but excluded from the invitation. When the rest of the family have departed, the prince's tutor arrives and escorts Cenerentola to the ball, where she creates a sensation and she and the ‘valet’ fall in love. But she has to leave at midnight. She gives the ‘valet’ a bracelet, keeping its identical partner herself. The real prince, by now in love with her, comes looking for her and they recognize each other and match up their bracelets. At their wedding, Cinderella asks the Prince to forgive her stepfather and stepsisters. Aria: Un a volta c'era un re (‘Once upon a time there was a king’); duet (with Ramiro): Un soave non so che (‘A sweet something’); aria with ens.: Non più mesta (‘No longer sad’). Created (1817) by Geltrude Righetti‐Giorgi. See also Cendrillon.

Subjects: Opera.

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