Much like human history, opera is epic in scale, full of murders and romantic intrigue, and frequently interrupted by deformed men in half-masks and capes. Get in on the grandeur with today's GrouponLive deal: for $15, you get one general-admission ticket to see Union Avenue Opera’s production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola (Cinderella) at Union Avenue Opera located inside Union Avenue Christian Church (a $32 value). Union Avenue Opera requires that you reserve tickets 48 hours in advance of the performance of your choice. Choose from the following performances:
• Friday, July 29, at 8 p.m.
• Saturday, July 30, at 8 p.m.
• Saturday, August 6, at 8 p.m.
• Sunday, August 7, at 3 p.m.
Unveiled in Rome nearly 200 years ago, Rossini's comedic opera La Cenerentola adds soaring vocals and lively new characters to the classic story of Cinderella. Don Magnifico, an oafish stepfather played by UAO newcomer Adam Fry, replaces the traditional tale's wicked stepmother, and new mezzo-soprano Abigail Fischer stars as Angelina, a kindhearted girl with many nicknames, including Cinderella, Cenerentola, and "hey you." Don Magnifico steals Cenerentola's fortune and forces her into servitude, where she must clean up after her spoiled stepsisters, Clorinda and Tisbe (Gina Galati and Kara Cornell). Cenerentola's pure heart shines through grim situations and trendy layered outfits, catching the eye of Prince Ramiro (veteran tenor Keith Boyer), who must foil stepsisters. Supertitles projected above the stage translate the original Italian into English, making the performance both authentic and accessible.
Frequently lauded by critics at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and KDHX, Union Avenue Opera has grown into a St. Louis institution over the past 16 years. Artistic director and founder Scott Schoonover brings a wealth of knowledge to the professional company, including degrees in Italian, opera, and musical chairs.
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