Northern Opera Group | 2022
Filmed during the lockdown in November 2020, this production of Viardot's 60 minute retelling of the classic fairytale brought together a professional principal cast with a community chorus. While the majority of the action was filmed on location in and around Leeds, the entire chorus participated in the rehearsals and filming from their own homes.
WINNER: Opera of the Year
Classical Music Digital Awards 2020
Director: Sophie Gilpin
Conductor: Chris Pelly
Costume Designer: Laura Jane Stanfield
Hair & Makeup Ashleigh Smith
Cinderella: Claire Wild
Prince Charming: Nicholas Watts
Armelinde: Naomi Rogers
Maguelonne: Louise Wayman
Baron Pictordu: James Cleverton
La Fée: Rachel Duckett
Barigoule: Robert Anthony Gardiner
Featured in the Guardian's Classical Highlights on 18 December 2020, and one of the Guardian Culture Magazine's Picks of the Week on 12 December 2020.
"THE SMALL AND THRIVING NORTHERN OPERA GROUPS TRIUMPHED WITH A RARITY... DIRECTED BY SOPHIE GILPIN, THE PRODUCTION CAUGHT THE WIT OF THE PIECE, WITH A MUCH-NEEDED SPRINKLING OF MAGIC"
★★★★★ THE OBSERVER
"A CHARMING AND ACCESSIBLE PIECE, WHICH TELLS THE STORY WITH WIT AND STYLE... AN IDEAL SEASONAL OFFERING"
★★★★ OPERA TODAY
"A CREATIVE AND INNOVATIVE USE OF VISUAL AND STILL IMAGES"
★★★★ FAIRY POWERED PRODUCTIONS
"SOPHIE GILPIN'S PRODUCTION REALLY GETS TO THE HEART OF THIS UNIQUE TAKE ON THE CLASSIC FAIRYTALE... [SHE] HAS DIRECTED THIS PRODUCTION WITH GREAT STYLE, REALLY MAKING THE MOST OF THE LOCATIONS IN LEEDS"
LONDON LOVE LONDON CULTURE
"GILPIN MAKES EXCELLENT USE FO THE SETTING, GROUNDING PROCEEDINGS IN REALITY FROM THE START... A CAPABLE CAST IS SUPPORTED BY AN INGENIOUSLY SCREENED COMMUNITY CHORUS; THE IMAGES OF NOT ALWAYS APPROPRIATE FEET FOR THE SHOE-FITTING SCENE ARE WITTILY PRESENTED."
THE REVIEWS HUB
"BEAUTIFUL AND RECOGNISABLE SETS, A LOVEABLE CAST, PLENTY OF HUMUR, AND SOME PARTICULARLY GREAT EDITING MAKE THIS SHOW AS CHARMING AS THE PRINCE HIMSELF"