Don Magnifico presides over his broken down mansion where he, his two daughters, Clorinda and Tisbe, live along with his stepdaughter Cenerentola (Cinderella). Cenerentola’s real name is Angelina, but they call her Cenerentola because she serves the family as a maid. Cenerentola is alone, sweeping the kitchen, while she sings a song to herself about a king who found his beloved wife among the common people of his kingdom.
A beggar appears at the door of their mansion, and while the stepsisters are appalled by his appearance and send him away, Cenerentola invites him inside for some coffee and bread. While the beggar is inside, several members of court enter the house to announce that Prince Ramiro will be coming to call on the family, as he is looking for a beautiful woman to be his wife. The stepsisters are thrilled and run to get more jewelry. Magnifico is woken up by all the commotion, and yells at the girls for waking him during a dream of a donkey that sprouted wings. When he is told about Prince Ramiro’s visit, he instructs his two daughters to make sure to win his affection for the good of the family.
The three go to their rooms to prepare, while Prince Ramiro, disguised as his own valet, arrives alone to meet the women in the household without them knowing he is the Prince. Cenerentola, still cleaning, is surprised to find the handsome stranger in the house. Immediately, the two are attracted to each other. When he asks Cenerentola who she is, she describes that her mother died, and she is now the maid of the house. Flustered, she excuses herself to go help her stepsisters get ready, as they scream for her. Magnifico enters, and then calls for Clorinda and Tisbe, and they all meet Dandini, the Prince’s valet who is dressed up as the Prince. Dandini introduces himself in a flashy way, and invited them all to the ball.
Don Magnifico prepares to leave the house, but Cenerentola pleads with him to allow her to go along. Prince Ramiro notices how poorly