La Cenerentola (Cinderella)

Posted: May 23rd, 2023

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ‘A delightful feast of vocal virtuosity and comic verve’ (The Stage)

We’re on tour with our sparkling production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola (Cinderella) this Summer. Expect all the hallmarks of a Barefoot Opera show: a dynamic international cast of young singers, a small on-stage band delivering the score, and a contemporary take on a classic tale.

Come and see this ‘inventive and playful’ production in venues across the South East from July to September.

Directors: Jenny Miller and Michael Spenceley

Dates and venues

Thursday 27th July: St. John the Evangelist, HASTINGS AND ST. LEONARDS

1st-5th August: Arcola Theatre, LONDON (Grimeborn Opera Festival) 

Saturday 19th August: Rye Creative Centre, RYE 

Sunday 3rd September: Crowhurst Place, LINGFIELD

‘Without a doubt, I have never enjoyed an opera more. Opera in the round, with an immediacy that no proscenium could ever project. Eternal rags-to-riches, a nineteenth century comedy given a twenty-first century treatment to become an immediate metaphor for our current turbulence. The musicianship and the choreographic staging are transcendent. We were privileged to watch a number of young operatic performers give legendary performances. Even if you think you hate opera, you’ll adore this. Go and see it.’

Hastings Independent Press



Angelina: Rachel Deatherage
Prince Ramiro: James Beddoe
Tisbe: Elora Ledger
Clorinda: Jessica Wise
Dandini: Toki Hamano
Alidoro: Andrew Sparling
Don Magnifico: Denver Smith

Production Team

Anthony Flaum Producer
Alfie Chesney Assistant Director
Jane Bruce Set Designer
Natascha Stolle Costume Designer
Charlotte Tingley Stage Manager


Laurence Panter Piano/MD
Andrew Sparling Clarinet
Lucy Mulgan Double Bass
Iñigo Mikeleiz Berrade Accordion (St. Leonards/London shows)

Performed in italian with surtitles in english.

Rossini’s delicious and charmingly comic La Cenerentola, or Cinderella, is a more humanist than magic tale. 

The Prince of the fairytale realm, Ramiro, is seeking a woman “innocent and good”, and orders his court advisor, Alidoro, to disguise himself as a tramp and test out the ladies in Don Magnifico’s house.  Here we find that only Cinderella will help the poor beggar – her sisters and father are far too self centred, conceited and generally on the make to take time for a vagabond. 

It is this same Alidoro who will kit out Cinders in all the finery she needs for the ball, and help her escape before her family detect her.  She leaves behind a bracelet rather than the traditional shoe, and this bracelet will lead to her reunion with her Prince.  Meanwhile, the sisters and father have been further deceived; the Prince and his valet Dandini had swapped places, and they had spent the opera oleaginously making up to a mere servant.

In our version, we update the comedy. Cinderella’s sisters and their status-obsessed dad trash the earth’s resources, and generally exhibit callous indifference to their environment. The two sisters are heavily preoccupied with their roles as influencers on social media,  and their idiotic iPhone messages are exposed. 

Bathed in Gold

Posted: May 2nd, 2023

Friday, 9 June St John the Evangelist, St Leonards on Sea
Doors open 7:00pm
Bar available
Brahms songs and piano repertoire
Fundraising evening of music for St John the Evangelist

Jenny Miller and Francis Rayner have prepared an exquisite, golden evening of Brahm’s most loved and familiar piano intermezzi and songs, as well as a few fabulous rarities.This is a fundraiser for the St Johns, which has so generously supported Barefoot Opera activities, so do join us in both relishing great music, and supporting the work of St John the Evangelist in our local community.

Tickets: £15, free for under 15’s

Cinco de Mayo

Posted: May 2nd, 2023

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo on 20 May with a Barefoot Opera fundraiser

Aino Konkka will be singing De Falla, Bizet and Carmen, with Francis Rayner playing Spanish classical piano. Zoe Ashdown will be singing some latino influenced jazz to create a party atmosphere in the garden and the Music Room at the Uplands. 

Tickets are £20, and include a cocktail or a beer (and beer cocktails!), aperitivos and music.
     (There will also be a bar available)