Director Fiona Shaw opens her new production of Cendrillon this week at Glyndebourne Opera conducted by Duncan Ward. Telling the classic fairytale, Massenet’s work is a glittering comic opera, and this is the first production of the opera to ever be performed at Glyndebourne. This highly anticipated new production will run at Glyndebourne before touring to Canterbury, Norwich, Woking and Milton Keynes and coming to the 2019 summer Festival.
When being interviewed during the rehearsal stage of Cendrillon, Shaw stated, “suddenly these characters begin to emerge not as cardboard cut-outs but as people with real psychological problems, and somehow instead of being a children’s story it becomes something about the ill-ease of what it is to be in the world”. Shaw’s full interview can be found in our Green Room magazine, Summer Issue. To find out more about Fiona’s artistic process in bringing Cendrillon to the stage, watch this short interview:
Fiona was last at Glyndebourne in the 2014/15 season, when she directed The Rape of Lucretia to 5-star reviews and huge critical acclaim. She directs opera between a portfolio of directing for the theatre and being one of the most in demand actors of her generation. Fiona has most recently been seen on television screens in the BBC’s smash hit drama, Killing Eve, and has juggled directing Cendrillon while filming season 2. Amongst her many accolades, Fiona received the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actress in Sophocles Electra, and was awarded a CBE for services to drama in 1991.
British conductor Duncan Ward has established himself as one of the most exciting and versatile conductors of his generation and enjoys working regularly with some of the leading ensembles and opera houses. Highlights for Duncan this season include debuts with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He will also return to the Orchestre de Paris to make his subscription debut, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien at the Musikverein.
For more information regarding the production of Cendrillon at Glyndebourne Opera, please visit their website.