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January 27, 2012 > The real Cinderella story

The real Cinderella story

By Monica Kim

Meet Rhodopis - the original Cinderella - in a new opera presented by the Montessori School of Fremont at the Smith Center at Ohlone College on February 2.

"Rhodopis is more exciting than the Cinderella story most people are familiar with today," said Kathy Brunner, Montessori's upper elementary teacher. "It's actually the story of a young girl's amazing journey from being a slave to a revered Queen of Egypt, who bettered the lives of orphans and women. We're very excited to bring this opera to a whole new generation."

Rhodopis was written in the 1st century by a Greek historian. As the story begins, Rhodopis is living in Greece with her family. She is kidnapped by pirates and sold as a slave to a family in Egypt. There, she is treated harshly by her owner's daughters who are jealous of her fair beauty. One day a falcon steals Rhodopis' sandal and flies away with it and eventually drops it in the lap of the Pharaoh. He is so struck by the beauty of the sandal that he vows to find and marry its owner.

This classic tale has been beautifully adapted by the acclaimed duo Sanford and Judy Jones, founders of Youth Opera International. For over 25 years, they have created and directed more than a dozen operas for children.

Every student from grades 1 to 6 of the Montessori School of Fremont will be performing in this visually lush production. And this year's lead soprano is Sophia Brunner, a veteran of the Jones' operas and the lead of "The Awakened One."

The price for an adult ticket is $12 and $10 for children, making this an affordable and entertaining evening out for the family. Tickets are available through the Montessori School of Fremont (510) 490-0919. For further information, please visit their website:
www.montessori-fremont.com/opera.html.

Rhodopis
Thursday, Feb 2
7 p.m.
Jackson Theatre
Smith Center at Ohlone College
43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont
(510) 490-0919
www.montessori-fremont.com/opera.html.
Tickets: $10 - $12


Photo Caption: Previous Montessori production of "Burning Rice Field," 2011

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