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Seattle Opera Podcast

Oct 4, 2019

Michelle Martin, Beverly Cleary Endowed Professor for Children and Youth Services at UW’s Information School, discusses the world’s many "Cinderella" stories with Seattle Opera Dramaturg Jonathan Dean. They talk about Cinderellas onstage, on screen, and in the oral tradition; about sweet Disney princesses and plucky heroines (and heroes), wicked and/or ugly step-sisters, mothers who turn into carp, incestuous fathers, mutilated feet, delicious cactus recipes, a prince who’s a snake and another who’s invisible, and a donkey that poops gold coins. Explore the diverse and amazing world of folk-lore—and modern rewrites—as you prepare for Rossini’s wonderful La Cenerentola.