James Bennett II is a staff writer for WQXR.
Watch: A Haunting Aria from 11-Year-Old Alma Deutscher's 'Cinderella'
Monday, February 13, 2017 - 12:45 PM
An official recording of Alma Deutscher’s opera Cinderella, which premiered in Vienna’s Casino Baumgarten under the auspices of Zubin Mehta, hasn’t yet been released. The only available material has been from the 2013 release Two Songs from Cinderella and a series of talks and interviews featuring the 11-year-old composer. But recently, we’ve gotten something a bit more substantive.
Deutscher has officially uploaded a video of “When the day falls into darkness,” a Cinderella aria that also serves as a central plot device. According to the video’s description, our protagonist, who has an stepmother that makes Norma Bates look like Carol Brady, sings this haunting ballad in the pits of her despair. Fittingly, it’s about a deluded little girl who actually thinks there are people out there who love her.
Later on, the prince hears her sing this same song and is instantly hooked. There’s no glass slipper in Deutscher’s narrative — Prince Charming identifies the enigmatic Cinderella with this beautiful melody instead.
The video is taken from the Casino Baumgarten premiere, with soprano Theresa Krügl singing Cinderella.