The 12-year-old composer Alma Deutscher
The Packard Humanities Institute and Opera San José
present the American premiere of Cinderella
at the California Theatre in San Jose
December 16–21, 2017.
Alma Deutscher's Cinderella is based on the fairy tale, but music itself has become
the central theme of the story. The setting is an opera company run by the stepmother, who inherited it from
Cinderella’s father when he died. Cinderella herself is a composer with beautiful melodies springing into her
head, but she is not accepted by her new family, especially the step-sisters, who are vain would-be divas. The
prince is a poet, and the story is about the Prince searching for the lost melody for his poem (rather than a
Alma Deutscher is a remarkable young composer, pianist and violinist who lives in England. She will also perform
her own Violin Concerto on December 2–3 with Symphony Silicon Valley.
Here are some things to read about Alma:
- Alma's official website.
- A long article in Wikipedia.
- The full synopsis of the opera Cinderella.
- A narrative (written by Alma's father) about how she composed
- Alma's You Tube channel has dozens of remarkable
videos. You will quickly understand why we are so excited that her American debut will happen here in San
Here is some information about our production:
- Our conductor Jane Glover.
- Our stage director is Brad Dalton.
- Costume drawings by Johann Stegmeir.
- Set designs by Steven Kemp.
- Cinderella is Vanessa Becerra (Natalie Image on Dec 21)
- The Prince is Jonas Hacker
- The Step-Mother is Mary Dunleavy
- Zibaldona is Karin Mushegain
- Griselda is Stacey Tappan
- Emeline is Claudia Chapa
- The King is Nathan Stark
- The Minister is Brian James Myer
Tickets are now available from Opera San José at (408) 437-4450.
Performances: Dec. 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 2017 (Dec. 17, 19, 21 are matinees)