Opera: La Cerenterola (Cinderella), Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, until April 30.
Rossini reputedly could rattle off an opera in jig time. It took him even less than that to produce Le Cenerentola (Cinderella) because an irate theatre manager was breathing down his neck for a follow-up to Il Barbiere di Siviglia.
The composer insisted on a Cinderella that was shorn of the supernatural elements – no glass slipper, no pumpkin carriage – and then let some assistants...
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