I am home from our final rehearsal for the amazing Alma Deutscher‘s opera Cinderella. There are moments in this work that nearly bring me to tears (and would if I weren’t having to concentrate on work!). Conductor Jane Glover is wonderful to work with. The singers sound fantastic. I have a feeling this is one of those once-in-a-lifetime events (but I’d love for it to return, of course!).

AND … drum roll … this Opera San José production will be broadcast live vie Medici TV on December 22, beginning at 8:00 PM PST.

There are tricky moments in this music, and it keeps me on my toes, to be sure. I so want to be as close to perfect as possible for this young and fantastic composer (she’s twelve, for goodness sake!). Of course I always want to do my best, but this makes that even more of a desire!

If you wish to attend a performance there appear to be just a few tickets left for the added performances. Go here to check that out.

While the version we are doing is in English, this is Cinderella’s aria from a German version that was done a short time ago. (If I understand correctly our version is revised for a larger orchestra than this production used):


  1. I was at the world premiere of Cinderella in Vienna a dream come true make sure you have the Kleenex to hand you will cry.

  2. It is so lovely, isn’t it? I’m in awe of this young composer! I am NEAR tears in the finale, but it’s so difficult to play oboe and cry so I have to hold back! 🙂

  3. Oh … and I should mention that this performance is with new orchestration: Alma added instruments and it is SO very very rich!