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After his incredible success with The Barber of Seville, Rossini composed La Cenerentola. In a collaboration with Jacopo Ferretti, the opera is based on the fairy tale Cendrillon by Charles Perrault. Rossini wrote the piece in only three weeks, but it contains some of the most famous operatic pieces in the repertoire. In many versions of the productions performed now, they make certain cuts to shorten the smaller roles, including Clorinda’s aria in the second act. The overture that we know today was not the overture performed at the premiere in Rome in 1817. To save some time before the premiere, Rossini reused some music from part of an aria from The Barber of Seville. In 1820, Rossini provided the piece with it’s overture like we know it today. There are aspects of this version of Cinderella that are different than the fairy tale that children are told now; rather than a stepmother, Don Magnifico is Angelina’s step father, and to identify her, the prince finds her bracelet rather than a shoe.

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