Alma Deutscher


On January 28, 2018, a short adaptation of Alma’s Cinderella, for young children, had its premiere on the studio stage of the Vienna State Opera, and was greeted with much enthusiasm by the children and adults in the audience as well as by the press. Performances will run until May, but all open performances are sold out.

The performance of Cinderella from Opera San Jose on Dec 20 is available to watch until March 20 on MEDICI.TV.

All 5 original performances of Cinderella are sold out. Two additional performances have now been added, on Dec 22 and Dec 23.  Tickets for the added performances are available from  Opera San José. Photo credit: Bob Shomler

Prince – Jonas Hacker,
Cinderella – Vanessa Becerra

We are very happy to announce that Opera San José and the Packard Humanities Institute will present the American première (and world première of the English language version) of Alma’s opera Cinderella this December. There will be five performances in the beautiful California Theatre, SJ, on Dec. 16, 17*, 19*, 20, 21* (*matinees). This will be a lavish production with a large orchestra, choir and dancers. Alma has re-orchestrated the whole score for a full orchestra of 44 musicians, and has greatly expanded the music for the Ball scene and for the Finale (the royal wedding), adding new music for the choir to sing and for the dancers to dance to. The production will be led by renowned British conductor Jane Glover. As in Vienna, Alma will perform on both the violin and piano during the opera, and there will also be a special surprise at the end, which you may be able to guess if you take a very close look at the picture below: this is the design for the set of the Finale.

Tickets are sold out. Tickets for the added performances will be available from Opera San José.

More details on the production are available on

Conductor: Jane Glover
Director: Brad Dalton
Cinderella: Vanessa Becerra/Natalie Image
Prince: Jonas Hacker
Step-Mother: Mary Dunleavy
Zibaldona: Karin Mushegain
Griselda: Stacey Tappan
Fairy: Claudia Chapa
King: Nathan Stark Minister (speaking role): Brian James Myer


There was a standing ovation for the premiere of Cinderella on 29.12.2016 in Vienna. All performances were sold out. Maestro Zubin Mehta was the patron of the production. See some of the reviews from the international press. Here is a snippet from the performance: Cinderella’s sad ballad from Act I. In Alma’s version of the story, the Prince find Cinderella in the end not with a shoe, but through this melody. Theresa Krügl sang Cinderella.