by Gioachino Rossini

“Cinderella was beautiful, both visually and aurally. Great costumes and great voices.”

Terry Olson, Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs

“The singing was beautiful, the acting was extremely wonderful, l thought the venue was perfect, and the Orlando Philharmonic was superb under the direction of Eric (Jacobsen).”

Judith Moyer

“What a magnificent production! Outstanding lyrical singing, performing, costumes, set! Even the “sleeping beauty” was great! Superb job! So entertaining!”

Paul Gamache, Univision Television News Anchor

“My friend and I both loved the production. Seeing the rehearsal first, then the actors in full costumes and make-up and those AMAZING wigs, was so much fun. The pre-show chat was interesting and informative, and honestly, the whole experience was terrific.”

Julia Gagne

“Wonderful performance of Cinderella! Applause to all the performers!! Kudos to the Orlando Philharmonic! Looking forward to next season.”

Janet and Jim Stolow

“Terrific singers, wonderful production. Loved seeing the younger audience and all of Opera Orlando’s community outreach. Opera Orlando is on the path for great success with opera in this community. Bravo!!!”

Pamela Johnson

”Cinderella was truly Amazing! I knew that we would enjoy it – but WOW! It significantly exceeded my expectations! My daughter and I Loved Every Single Second of it – Their voices, the story, their acting, the orchestra, the humor… Everything!”

Sheryl Grabowski

”I was surprised to find that the opera was in Italian. I was worried that I would not know what they were singing the whole time, but the words popped up on the screen and it was very easy to follow along. The singing and acting was extraordinary! We all watched as the actors danced across the stage singing. I can’t even imagine how hard it would be to sing in another language and act at the same time. All the costumes were above and beyond. They were elegant and beautiful. My favorite part was watching Cinderella be so kind to the beggar in the beginning of the show. Her sisters were so rude and it showed me how much kindness Cinderella had. It was a very fun night, we all had a blast.”

McKenzie Jones (11 years old)

March 21, 23-25, 2018


The opera season concludes with a happy ending. 

Conductor Eric Jacobsen, Music Director of the Orlando Philharmonic, will be making his Opera Orlando debut. The delightful Amanda Crider finds everlasting love in the title role with her prince, glorious tenor Javier Abreu. Internationally-renowned stage director Ophelie Wolf brings this classic comedic cartoon to life. Orchestra: The Orlando Philharmonic. In Italian with English supertitles.

Performance Dates:

Wednesday, March 21 @ 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 23 @ 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 24 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 25 @ 2:00 p.m. (Matinee)

Rossini’s Cinderella (La Cenerentola)


Amanda Crider: Cinderella
Javier Abreu: Prince Ramiro
Tony Dillon: Don Magnifico
Calvin Griffin: Alidoro    
Craig Irvin: Dandini
Samantha Barnes Daniel: Clorinda
Sarah Purser: Tisbe
Eric Jacobsen: Conductor
Ophelie Wolf: Stage Director
Chevalier Lovett: Assistant Conductor
Robin Jensen: Chorus Master
Charles Caine: Costume Designer
Steven Horak: Hair and Make-up Designer
Jon Whiteley: Lighting Designer
Grant Preisser: Set Designer


Cinderella Lead Up Events:

Saturday, March 10, 7:30 pm: Meet the Stars of Cinderella
The cast of the opera share their vocal talents in a program of arias, ensembles, and song. Tickets are $20. Timucua White House, 2000 S. Summerlin, Orlando. Buy Tickets Now!

Tuesday, March 13, 7 pm: Behind the Curtain: Open Rehearsal of Cinderella
A rare opportunity inside the creative process to see how stage director Ophelie Wolf and conductor Eric Jacobsen prepare their cast for their upcoming performances. Tickets $20. Reservations required. Plaza Live Rehearsal Hall, 425 N. Bumby Ave., Orlando. Buy Tickets Now!

March 21, 23, 24 at 6:45 p.m. and March 25 at 1:15 p.m.: Pre-performance Presentation
Conductor Eric Jacobsen and stage director Ophelie Wolf prepare the audience for the opera performance in the Alexis and Jim Pugh Theater (open to ticket holders only).