Ooh la la, opera for kids is Cinderific

Mildura English Language Centre students Fiona Henry, 16, and Gray Nguyen, 17, fit the slipper on the foot of Cinderella, Victoria Opera developing artist Kirilie Blythman. Fighting over a slipper are the Two Ugly Sisters, Victoria Opera developing artists Cristina Russo and Shakira Tsindos. Picture: Louise Donges

Mildura English Language Centre students Fiona Henry, 16, and Gray Nguyen, 17, fit the slipper on the foot of Cinderella, Victoria Opera developing artist Kirilie Blythman. Fighting over a slipper are the Two Ugly Sisters, Victoria Opera developing artists Cristina Russo and Shakira Tsindos. Picture: Louise Donges

STUDENTS were whisked away to a magical fairyland yesterday as schools across the region were treated to Victorian Opera’s production of Cinderella.

Based on the original tale, it was a new experience for students from 10 Sunraysia schools, not least because it was delivered in French. “We want to present opera in its truest form, to even the youngest of audience members, to give them a sense of what’s out there,” director Libby Hill said.

“We really like them to understand opera can be sung in English, German, French, so whichever opera we choose to perform, we always do it in its original language.

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