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

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