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Guildhall Opera Double Bill

Le docteur Miracle & Cendrillon

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Guildhall Opera department celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of the extraordinary mezzo-soprano, pianist and composer Pauline Viardot with a staging of her delightful opera Cendrillon.

Originally written to be performed with piano in intimate space, Viardot always dreamed of orchestrating Cendrillon, but in the absence at the time of any hope that an orchestra would perform a work by a female composer – even one as well-regarded and well-connected as Viardot – she never did. This production fulfils her desire with a new chamber orchestration by Amy Crankshaw - Guildhall doctoral composer and a graduate of the School’s MA Opera Making & Writing programme presented in an association with the Royal Opera House.

This opéra-comique double bill opens with Georges Bizet's one-act Le docteur Miracle – a witty tale of romance, disguise and an omelette, filled with the youthful vitality of the 18-year-old composer.

Both operettas are sung in French with English surtitles and feature two opera casts on alternate nights.

Promoted by Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Two recordings of this Opera Double Bill, featuring each cast, will be available to watch online for free after the performances (broadcast dates to be announced).

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