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Alma Deutscher’s opera sparkles with original ideas… [This] amazing girl who wrote this amazingly good opera. From the inventory of music history emerge remarkable inspirations, which characterize the psychology of the characters.” (Ljubisa Tosic, Der Standard, 2016)

“A twelve-year-old British girl has written an opera of astounding wit, craft, and musical beauty… A smart producer would mount Cinderella on Broadway. In addition to its comedic force, its score puts recent musicals to shame, whether from the Disney franchise or Andrew Lloyd Webber.” (Heather Mac Donald in The New Criterion, 2018).

“a once-in-a-lifetime opera-going event that had audiences standing and cheering.” (Opera Today, 2017). 


Alma composed the opera between the ages of 8-12. While the plot is based on the traditional fairy-tale, she adapted to story to revolve around music. Cinderella is a composer, slave worked as a copyist by her step-mother, who runs an opera house. The prince is poet, derided at court for his artistic leanings and lack of interest in the affairs of state.  Cinderella and the prince will find one another, just as words find their melody. And once Cinderella flees from the ball, the prince will search for her not with the aid of a glass slipper, but with the beginning of the melody, which only she will know how to continue.

Cinderella is available on a Sony Classical DVD and Bluray. A short version for young children is available from the Vienna State Opera

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