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16 Feb - 25 Mar 2017

A new production of Rossini's sparkling comedy performed by an exciting international cast. 

A much-loved fairy tale, but not quite as you know it. Cinderella scrubs the floor of a dance school and dreams of a better life. A prince arrives seeking a companion and so this sparkling romcom is set in motion.

Cinderella’s stepfather Don Magnifico and the Prince’s servant Dandini are marvellous comic creations. Cinderella herself emerges as a true romantic heroine whose transformation is achieved through the power of music.

An evening of pure magic is in store, uniting the fun, fire and brilliance of Rossini’s music with a fresh and witty production. 

Please note, Cinderella contains strobe lighting effects at approx 1 hour 20 minutes (towards the end of Part 1). This will occur three times and lasts for no longer than 5 seconds each occurrence. In Part 2 there is a lightning effect that lasts for approximately 30 seconds, this occurs 26 minutes into the second half. 

Running Time

Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes


Sung in Italian with English titles

Age Guidance

Suitable for 7+

Access Performances

Available: Audio described

Supported by a generous gift from The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation

The Music

Audience Reaction Trailer

What the critics say

...agile and effervescent...Canadian mezzo Wallis Giunta has an incipient star quality that positively explodes with the ornamental cascades of her concluding aria.

The Guardian - Full Review ›

South African tenor Sunnyboy Dladla, lives up to his name as a delightful Prince Ramiro, hitting (and holding) stratospheric top notes with assurance.

The Times - Full Review ›

...comic effervescence...the daunting demands are managed to near perfection.

Bachtrack - Full Review ›



Meet our Cinderella: Wallis Giunta


On our photoshoot for the Fairy Tales season, we stole a few minutes with Canadian mezzo-soprano Wallis Giunta, who makes her Opera North and UK debut in the title of role of Cinderella in February.  Read More


How well do you know your Cinderella?


For most of us, living here and now, Disney’s Cinderella – featuring two evil step sisters, a fairy godmother, a glass slipper and a forgiving heroine – is the most familiar version of the tale. But in reality, it is only one in thousands...&nb... Read More



Cinderella | Your Reaction


Our brand new, ballroom dance-inspired production of Rossini's Cinderella (La Cenerentola) is now open! Read some of what our audiences have been saying so far on social media, and see some production photos. Read More

  • Angelina (Cinderella) Wallis Giunta
  • Don Ramiro Sunnyboy Dladla
  • Dandini Quirijn de Lang
  • Don Magnifico Henry Waddington
  • Clorinda Sky Ingram
  • Tisbe Amy J Payne
  • Alidoro John Savournin
Creative Team
  • Conductor Wyn Davies (ex 25 Feb, 2, 4, Mar)
  • Conductor David Cowan (25 Feb, 2, 4, Mar)
  • Director Aletta Collins
  • Set Designer Giles Cadle
  • Costume Designer Gabrielle Dalton
  • Lighting Designer Matthew Haskins
  • Video Designer Andrzej Goulding

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Leeds Grand Theatre

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46 New Briggate
Leeds Grand Theatre

Important Information

Box Office: 0844 848 2720 (calls cost 7ppm)

  • To access the Grand Theatre, there are six steps from the street up to the foyer or a wheelchair lift from the Grand Theatre Box Office to the foyer, and then lift access to the rest of the auditorium (excluding the Upper Balcony). Some areas of the auditorium do have steep stairs and may not be suitable for people with limited mobility. Please check with the Box Office. 
  • There are 6 wheelchair spaces: four in the Stalls and two in the Dress Circle.
  • There are accessible toilets at Stalls and Dress Circle levels. 
  • There is an infra-red system in operation for sound amplification. Headsets are available from the Grand Theatre foyer for a £5 refundable deposit. Please ask Box Office staff when booking for advice on the best seats to use this service. 
  • Support dogs are welcome in the auditorium and can be looked after on request. 
  • For refreshments, there are bars at Stalls, Upper Circle and Balcony levels.  

Choose from these fantastic pre-theatre dining options and make your experience complete!

The Alchemist

Opera North ticket holders can enjoy 20% off their food bill at The Alchemist. Located on the second floor of Trinity Shopping Centre, The Alchemist offers a fantastic menu and stunning views of Leeds City Centre. Not available Saturdays. 

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Manahatta is a recently opened bar and kitchen located on Merrion Street, just a minute's walk from Leeds Grand Theatre. Serving a fantastic New York inspired menu made with fresh local produce, guests will receive 20% off their food bill before 6.15pm with proof of ticket. Booking is required. 

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North Bar

Opera North and Howard Assembly Room ticket holders can enjoy 10% off all drinks at New Briggate's finest craft beer hotspot — North Bar, just a stone's throw from Leeds Grand Theatre. 

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Enjoy 15% off all food and drink at authentic Italian wine bar Veeno (Leeds branch only) on presentation of ticket for an Opera North performance. Excludes Fridays and Saturdays after 5.00pm. 

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Veritas Ale & Wine Bar

Enjoy a special pre-opera meal at Veritas Ale & Wine Bar. Just a 5-10 minute walk from Leeds Grand Theatre, choose either two courses for £13.95 (£17.50 with a 175ml house wine) or three courses for £15.95 (£19.50 with a 175ml house wine). Available 5.00-6.30pm. Booking is required.

Download Menu | Book via email or call 0113 242 8094 and quote 'pre-opera menu'

Brasserie Blanc

Sample the fabulous pre-theatre menu at Brasserie Blanc and choose from two courses for £11.95 or three courses for £15.45, with a complimentary glass of fizz for Opera North ticket holders. Located just a 10 minute walk from the Leeds Grand Theatre. Available 12.00-6.30pm, Monday-Saturday. 

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The Reliance

Just a 5 minute walk from Leeds Grand Theatre, The Reliance bar and dining room offers a fantastic pre-theatre menu. Choose from two courses for £14.45 or three courses for £18.90. Available 5.30-6.30pm, Monday-Saturday.

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100 Grey Street

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Box office: 08448 112121


Free Parking in all City Council multi-storey carparks after 5pm.

The two closest car parks to Theatre Royal are the Oxford Street multi-storey (just behind the Laing) and the Dean Street multi-storey. Click here for more info.

There are two parking spaces for blue badge holders on Shakespeare Street and three on Hood Street. Most parking meters are free to Blue Badge Holders.


Alight at Monument Metro Station and follow the signs for the Theatre Royal. We are less than one minutes walk from the Metro entrance on Grey Street.

Travel free on the Metro with your theatre ticket (up to two hours before and after the performance) - simply retain your theatre ticket for inspection by Metro Staff.


The Theatre Royal is only ten minutes walk from Newcastle Central Station.

Salford Quays

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Pier 8
Salford Quays
M50 3AZ

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Box office: 0843 208 6000 

There is a passenger drop-off point immediately in front of The Lowry. Secure parking is available in The Lowry Outlet Mall multi-storey car park. There are designated areas for disabled parking on every level. 

The Lowry is accessible by train, tram and bus. http://www.tfgm.com/

From national railway stations, Manchester Piccadilly and Victoria you can travel to The Lowry by Metrolink tram. You can board an Eccles line tram and should alight at Harbour City, or Media City UK for trams which stop there, as this is slightly closer.

More info: http://www.thelowry.com/plan-your-visit/getting-here/


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Great Victoria Street

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Box office: 028 9024 1919

Easily accessible by road or public transport, The Grand Opera House is located on Great Victoria Street, next door to the world famous Europa Hotel. The main entrance is on Great Victoria Street, with Stage Door located on Glengall Street.

There is a multi-storey car park situated behind the Europa Hotel, accessible via Sandy Row and Hope Street. McCausland Car Park, located onGrosvenor Road, is open to midnight, Monday - Friday, and 11.00pm on Sunday. There is limited on-street parking on Great Victoria Street, while the nearby Days Hotel also offers secure car-parking facilities.

Great Victoria Street Train Station and the Europa Bus Centre are located on Great Victoria Street, next door to the Grand Opera House. Rail services are available on the Bangor, Londonderry, Larne and Portadown lines and cross-border Enterprise services to Dublin are also available. The Europa Bus Centre provides services across Northern Ireland. Timetables can be viewed at www.translink.co.uk or contact 028 9066 6630 for further information.


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Theatre Square

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Box Office: 0115 989 5555

Find access details for Nottingham Theatre Royal

By Car

Follow signs for the city centre and the 'Royal Zone'. Nearest car parks are Talbot Street car park and Crowne Plaza Hotel car park on Wollaton Street.
For maps and information about on-street parking, off-street car parks, park and ride and the blue badge scheme please visit Parking In Nottingham

By Bus

For bus times call Nottingham City Transport on 0115 950 6070, Traveline on 0871 200 2233 or visit www.travelineeastmidlands.co.uk   Find out about our £1 return bus ticket here.

By Tram

 The 'Royal Centre' tram stop is directly outside the venue and runs every 10 minutes until midnight. There are five Park and Ride sites along the route. Visit www.thetram.net or call 0115 942 7777 for full details of the tram route. Find out about our £1 return tram ticket here.

By Rail

Nottingham Station is a 15 minute walk or a short taxi or tram ride from the venue. Call 0845 748 4950 or www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times and fares. 


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What you say

Comment from Moira Pugh


Moira Pugh said ago

So enjoyed last night's performance of La Cenerentola. The cast and the orchestra were amazing and I loved the costumes too, all topped with humour and fun! I took my 6 year old granddaughter for her first visit to the opera and boy did it grab her! She sat beautifully through the whole performance, our only wobble being which ice-cream to choose at the interval! Thanks Opera North for Ava's intro to opera, we all have to start somewhere and this was definitely the best place to start!

Comment from Ken Patterson


Ken Patterson said ago

La La Land in LA has nothing on La Cenerentola in Leeds! OK, the opening freeway dance sequence is pretty amazing in La La Land but after that the singing, music and acting are all better in the Grand.

What a sparkling evening (afternoon) of delight we were presented with on Saturday. The principals are all just right both vocally and in their characterisation, though it is a good thing that the "Ugly Sisters" act ugly to Cinders - they don't fit the description in any other way. All the cast seemed to be having such a good time and radiated that to the audience, both on stage and afterwards in Akbars (Happy Birthday can hardly ever have sounded so good!)

The orchestra and chorus were as fine as ever and the staging managed to be inventive and perfectly in tune with the opera's conceit. Rossini has never sounded better: a wonderful performance which deserves to sell out and certainly burnishes ON's reputation once again.

Comment from Janina


Janina said ago

What a delightful production from the opening scene at the Dance School to the very end. Not only wonderful singing, great acting and dancing, but amusing as well. Maybe not a production for the purists, but it was full of fun and joy. I came away feeling very happy!

Comment from Ed Collins


Ed Collins said ago

This was an amazing performance. Anyone who loves opera, wants to be entertained and amused must not miss this.
Worth every penny

Comment from Joanna


Joanna said ago

Saw the Saturday matinee performance of Cinderella - pure joy! Both acting and singing were fabulous and the humour came through so well. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

Comment from Hazel


Hazel said ago

My friend and I enjoyed Cinderella very much. Excellent singing, dancing, orchestral playing and lovely costumes. Just a few minor details would have improved it - I think the 2 ugly sisters could have exaggerated their silliness a bit more, the children could have danced again at the end and it was a shame we didn't see Cinderella transformed to look as she did on the advertising posters! I know the moral was that being kind, true love etc were the most important things, rather than fancy clothes and status, but it would have been lovely to have seen that, perhaps in a wedding scene. All very enjoyable although there were a few restless small children in the audience who should probably have gone to a pantomime ...

Comment from Dave


Dave said ago

Wonderful cenerentola spoiled only by a person making noise in stalls and not being asked to leave

Comment from Malcolm Moorhouse


Malcolm Moorhouse said ago

My husband and I really enjoyed last night's performance of La Cenerentola. Usually I am not too keen on seeing opera in modern dress but in this performance it worked beautifully. The acting, as well as the singing, was superb and the humour came over well and you could sense that the audience was in tune with the whole performance. The precision of the orchestra was appreciated and the balance between the orchestra and the singing was just right.

An exciting and sparkling performance which was a tonic on a damp, wet February evening.

Margaret and Malcolm Moorhouse.

Comment from Robert Taylor


Robert Taylor said ago

A sheer delightf! Great fun and consistently entertaining. We just sat there with happy grins on our faces.
Robert and Jackie Taylor

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