A Girl, a Bracelet & a Prince

  • By:  Amanda Ely

 Don’t miss the happily-ever-after ending!

OK, the Disney+ network finally launched and—we don’t know about you—but we’ve already watched so many Disney classics we’re not sure where to turn next! But it also got us thinking about our upcoming Virginia Opera production and how it and the classic Disney version compare… The storylines are similar, but not quite the same.

We’ve compiled a list of key differences between the two, and they’re worth noting:

The Glass Slipper

Classic, right? Except, in Rossini’s Cinderella our heroine, Angelina, gives the prince one of her matching bracelets to help him find her again, and we’ve got to agree that it’s way better… glass slippers—way too breakable, right!?

Cinderella’s Princess Look

Actually, in the opera it’s the prince who disguises himself as his servant in order to find a woman who loves him for who he is. Honestly, this happens in operas all the time.

Cinderella’s Wicked Stepmother

Nope, this time there’s a wicked stepfather instead.

Fairy Godmother Singing “Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo”

Another nope on this one. The prince’s tutor, Alidoro, gives Angelina a nice dress and takes her to the ball—very similar to Drew Barrymore’s character in the movie Ever After (yet another Cinderella story).

Magic

The “magic” in Rossini’s opera is that personal transformation, kindness, and forgiveness are “magical” properties that drive the story (and frankly, with her family, it is magical that Angelina is so very kind). Plus, there’s no “magic spell” that’ll transform Angelina back into her everyday self. She simply leaves the ball early so she can get home before her sisters do.

In the end though, no matter the differences between the stories, one constant remains: Cinderella falls in love with her man, who just happens to be a prince, marries him, and, more importantly, extends her forgiveness and love to those who wronged her… Talk about one happily-ever-after ending!

Cinderella opens January 31 in Norfolk with additional performances February 2 and 4. Make sure you have your tickets for this classic rags-to-riches tale that’ll leave you walking on air and home by midnight.

Tickets available now at vaopera.org and by phone at 866-673-7282. Children’s pricing is available.

Amanda Ely is the director of audience development, Virginia Opera. For more information, visit www.vaopera.org.

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