Northern Opera Group announces new ‘Cinderella’ opera film

11th November 2020

Online Premiere: 12th December 2020

The Leeds-based company Northern Opera Group will produce a film adaptation of Pauline Viardot’s short comic opera ‘Cinderella’ with Claire Wild in the title role.

The production will be filmed in November in accordance with government guidelines at stunning locations in Leeds, including the medieval grounds of Calverley Old Hall and the picturesque Temple Newsam, filming location for ITV’s Victoria.

Directed by Sophie Gilpin and conducted by Chris Pelly, ‘Cinderella’ will blend on-location filming with a digital chorus of community singers, who will record at home and be edited into the final film.

Northern Opera Group’s Artistic Director, David Ward comments: “At a time when opera and the arts are under incredible strain, we’re thrilled to receive the support of Arts Council England to enable us to not only create opera for audiences and employ artists, but to continue to provide opportunity for our community to sing. Now is not a time to fall back on what we know, but push to make opera exciting and relevant to new audiences in new ways. Our ‘Cinderella’ film will be the perfect tonic for audiences this Christmas, and this blend of on-location filming with a digital chorus will make for an entertaining and rather special event!”

Creative Team
Claire Wild, Cinderella
Rachel Duckett, Fairy Godmother
Naomi Rogers, Armelinde
Louise Wayman, Maguelonne
Joseph Shovelton, Barigoule
Stephen Holloway, Baron de Pictordu
Nicholas Watts, Prince
Sophie Gilpin, Director
Chris Pelly, Conductor
Polly Rockman, Graphic Designer
Laura Jane Stanfield, Costume Designer

Cinderella’ will be sung in English, translated by Rachel M Harris.

Tickets to watch the ‘Cinderella’ are available at:

About Northern Opera Group
Northern Opera Group performs rare and wonderful operas in imaginative ways; enabling audiences and artists to discover new works and composers from across opera’s history.
Previous productions have included Thomas Arne’s ‘Alfred’ (2017), Stephen Storace’s ‘The Pirates’ (2018), and Charles Villiers Stanford’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ (2019).
They produce the annual Leeds Opera Festival, combining new productions of rare operas with a wide programme of talks, panel discussions, workshops and other events across the late August Bank Holiday weekend.
A full 2020 Leeds Opera Festival was delivered this August, featuring 19 events across 5 days, including 7 performances in front of live audiences.

Northern Opera Group would like to thank Arts Council England, the Foyle Foundation and the Postlethwaite Music Foundation for their support.

Northern Opera Group also produce the Operacast podcast – the UK’s only general interest opera podcast. Recent guests have included Gerald Finley, Wasfi Kani, and Elizabeth Llewelyn.

More information
For more information please contact:
Damaris Brown (Artium Media Relations) [email protected] | 07900 684 720
Louise Garner (General Manager, Northern Opera Group) [email protected] | 07703 660745