Libretto by Jacopo FERRETTI


  • Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège

Last performance at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège : September 2014

The story

Looking for the ideal love, Prince Ramiro tasks his advisor with finding the rare gem. He arrives at the home of the pretentious Don Magnifico who has three daughters, two notorious pests and Angelina, nicknamed Cinderella, who is their servant. However, at the ball it is she, transformed by her beauty and goodness, who seduces the prince…


Inspired by a tale that dates back to the dawn of time and which was made famous by Charles Perrault and then the Brothers Grimm, the story of Cinderella has constantly thrilled children and adults alike to the present day.

When Rossini took on the subject in 1817, he immediately rejected including any notion of magic in the tale to make it more human and focus the action. It is said that the librettist Ferretti wrote the synopsis in one single night. The composer, who was used to working quickly, completed the work in scarcely more than 24 days, and it is sublime! La Cenerentola deploys all the facets of Rossini’s purest bel canto.

With this masterpiece, the Swan of Pesaro offers a transitional work, between opera buffa and opera seria, between comedy and tragedy, but he especially invites us to contemplate one of his finest musical and theatrical successes. In this work of incredible depth and deeply moving humanity, goodness triumphs over mediocrity. Its lasting success and timelessness have ensured that it retains an essential place within the operatic repertoire.

Introduction to performances: curtain-raisers

All the opera performances are preceded by an educational introduction open to all. They take place 30 minutes before the start of the performance, in the company of an opera specialist to provide a pertinent presentation of the work.

Plan your visit

  • Surtitle

    The Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège offers to its spectators a surtitle in French, Dutch, German and English, for each opera on the bill.

  • Car Parks

    How to come by car?

    Car parks with discounted rate

    Discounted rate of € 6 for performances and concerts featured in our schedules (in the evening from 18.00 to 01.00 and on Sunday from 13.00 to 19.00). A validation terminal is available in the entrance hall of the Opera House (from when the doors opens).

    Neujean car park

    45, Boulevard de la Sauvenière – 4000 Liège, Belgium

    • Mon. to Fri. : open until 1 o’clock in the morning.
    • Sat. and Sun. : open all night.

    Opéra car park

    1, Galerie Opéra – 4000 Liège, Belgium
    Open 24 hours, 7 days a week

    Other car parks nearby

    • Central Park car park : 26, Place Xavier-Neujean - 4000 Liège
    • Saint-Lambert car park : Place Saint-Lambert - 4000 Liège
    • Cathédrale car park : Place de la Cathédrale - 4000 Liège

  • Catering

    For a meal or a drink during an opera or a concert

    Whether you want a drink or a meal (by booking only), the Opera Restaurant, located in the prestigious setting of the Foyer Grétry, welcomes you before each performance when the Theatre’s doors open.

    During the interval, the Foyer Grétry Bar (2nd floor) as well as the Salazar Bar (4th floor) are open for you to relax and quench your thirst.

    For “Opera for All” Young Audience performances and “Discovery concerts”, the Foyer Grétry Bar is open one hour before and at the end of each performance.

    For information and bookings: +32 (0) 499 42 42 62  - lydia-campoccia@hotmail.com – www.leschefsopera.be

    Drink tokens

    Drink tokens are on sale as soon as the doors of the Theatre open on performance days (in the entrance hall and the main stairs) or during the interval (in the Foyer Grétry).

    For reasons of hygiene and cleanliness, it is forbidden to bring drinks and snacks into the building.


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