Renee Week: I Want Magic!

In Honor of Renee Fleming Week (I’m going to see her on Sunday, weather permitting!), I will be posting my favorite Renee CDs/ DVDs all week. Enjoy!

This one makes the list because she’s singing songs in English. Plus, a lot of these are relatively unknown, but gorgeous (!), pieces, so it’s a good way to ease into opera without a lot of preconceptions. She’s backed by the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra under the direction of James Levine.

Renee Week: I Want Magic!

PRESS RELEASE: BalletMet’s Cinderella

For Immediate Release: Jan. 10, 2011  

Contact: Jennifer Sciantarelli, Communications Manager



And they danced happily ever after: BalletMet’s Cinderella 

Romance and humor combine in this classic fairytale for Valentines of all ages

COLUMBUS, OHThe slipper fits in BalletMet Columbus’ Cinderella, Feb. 4 – 13, 2011, at the Capitol Theatre, 77 S. High St. The romantic fairytale is a special treat for the whole family. With a touch of magic from her fairy godmother, Cinderella bests her hilariously wicked stepsisters to win the heart of her charming prince. This Valentine’s season, opulent scenery and costumes, enchanting classical ballet and virtuoso performances will make audiences believe in happily ever after.


Cinderella is a delightful recipe of storytelling, humor and all the splendor one expects from classical ballet. Choreographed by BalletMet Artistic Director Gerard Charles, it features the expressive artistry of BalletMet’s dancers, picturesque scenery and costumes, and a score by Alexander Glazunov and arranged by BalletMet Music Director Mikhail Popov. Several student dancers from the BalletMet Dance Academy also take the stage alongside the professional company as mice and moving clockworks. Debuted in 2002 and last presented in 2005, Cinderella is a collaboration between Charles and theater artist Robert Post, the creative minds behind BalletMet’s The Nutcracker. Post added comedic touches to the production, particularly in the character development of the uproarious stepfamily.


“The production draws greatly upon my experiences of English pantomimes, traditional family holiday entertainments that are a wonderful mixture of a play with songs, comedy and some very traditional set numbers,” Charles said. “Also, I have been greatly influenced by the beautiful music and the classical ballet traditions that I grew up with in England.”



Cinderella performance schedule is as follows: 8pm Friday, Feb. 4; 2pm & 8pm Saturday, Feb. 5; 1pm & 5:30pm Sunday, Feb. 6; 7:30pm Thursday, Feb. 10; 8pm Friday, Feb. 11; 2pm & 8pm Saturday, Feb. 12; 2pm Sunday, Feb. 13. Free audio description available for the 1pm Feb. 6 performance. Reservations required: 614.229.4848.


Senior Dress Rehearsal (Preview for patrons 55+): Feb. 4, 11am, Capitol Theatre, $15 


Tickets are $28 to $48 and can be purchased through CAPA (614.469.0939), Ticketmaster (800.982.2787, or Discount coupons are available at all Central Ohio Kroger stores. College students with ID can purchase $15 Student Rushtickets at the theater beginning two hours prior to show time. Students age 13 to 18 can purchase $5 High Five vouchers at any Central Ohio Kroger Ticketmaster location.



Pre-Show Discussions: On Feb. 4, 7:30pm, and Feb. 10, 7pm, in the theater lobby, BalletMet’s Artistic Director Gerard Charles and Director of Education Ambre Emory-Maier talk about Cinderella and its place within classical ballet history.


FREE EVENTS at the BalletMet Dance Centre, 322 Mt. Vernon Ave.

Free Open Rehearsal: Jan. 21, 5-6pm

Audiences can experience the magic of Cinderella during a rehearsal with choreographer Gerard Charles and company dancers. No reservations required.


Free Open House: Jan. 23, 1-3pm

Families can watch Cinderella rehearsals, meet dancers, try on costumes and more. Plus, participants will get a special ticket offer: buy three get one free or save $6 off single tickets.


SPECIAL EVENTS at the Hyatt on Capitol Square

Opening Night Dinner: Feb. 4, 6pm
$110 show ticket and dinner; $60 dinner only. RSVP: 614.586.8671,


Cinderella’s Tea Party: Feb. 5, 12:30pm

$85 show ticket and tea party; $35 for tea party only. RSVP: 614.586.8671,

SPONSOR SUPPORT: Production sponsor is American Electric Power. Media partners are Columbus Parent, The Columbus Dispatch, Capital Style and Sunny 95. Promotional partner is Kroger. Senior Dress Rehearsal sponsor is WMNI. BalletMet Columbus receives support for its annual performance season from The Columbus Foundation, the Greater Columbus Arts Council, the Ohio Arts Council, Classical 89.7 WOSU-FM and Time Warner Cable. Season partner is The Ohio State University Sports Medicine Center.

ABOUT BALLETMET COLUMBUS: BalletMet Columbus, renowned for its versatility and innovative repertory, ranks among the nation’s largest dance companies, and its Dance Academy ranks among the largest dance-training centers affiliated with a professional company. Since its inception in 1978, BalletMet has added more than 150 Company premieres to its repertoire and produced more than 120 world premieres. It has also developed DanceReach, a series of educational and outreach programs that serve 25,000 people annually; through DanceReach, scholarships give access to talented youth, many from minority and underserved groups, who cannot otherwise participate.