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Opera prodigy makes conducting debut with new take on Cinderella

The opera will feature choristers from Ragazzi Boys Chorus, some of which include singers from Redwood City.
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Prodigy composer and musician Alma Deutscher makes her opera conducting debut in a Opera San José production of her landmark opera, Cinderella, Nov. 12 to 27 at the California Theatre in San Jose.

A new operatic take on the classic fairy tale Cinderella will be live at the California Theatre starting on Nov. 12. 

Brought to life by Opera San José in association with the Packard Humanities Institute, the family-friendly Cinderella will run at the California Theatre from Nov. 12 to 27. The opera sees the classic fairy tale reset at an opera company run by a scheming stepmother, in which the title character is a brilliant composer laboring as a lowly copyist. The opera will feature choristers from Ragazzi Boys Chorus, some of which include singers from Redwood City. 

Cinderella is united with her prince, not because a glass slipper fits, but with the beginning of a melody only she knows how to continue. 

Directed by Brad Dalton, Cinderella is also the operatic conducting debut of 17-year-old Alma Deutscher. Deutscher is considered to be a prodigy composer and musician. At six, Deutscher composed her first piano sonata, and at nine, a concerto for violin and orchestra.

Critics have applauded her for writing an “opera of astounding wit, craft, and musical beauty” (The New Criterion). 

In addition to Cinderella, she has a new full-length opera, the Emperor's New Waltz, which was commissioned by the Salzburg State Theatre and will premiere in March 2023. 

Deutscher has also become somewhat of a YouTube sensation, with her channel having more than 15 million views.

The cast of Cinderella includes:

  • Natalia Santaliz as Cinderella
  • Joey Hammod-Leppek as the Prince
  • Ben Brady as the King
  • Stacey Tappan as Griselda
  • Julia Dawson as Zibaldona
  • Rena Harms as the Stepmother
  • Megan Esther Grey as Fairy
  • Lance LaShelle as the Minister 

Tickets for the show run from $55 to $195 and the theatre is located at 345 South 1st St. in San Jose. If you are interested in taking the kids - a family day show will be held on Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. where kids ‘pay their age’ or a minimum of $5.

For more information or to purchase tickets, click here or call (408) 437-4450.