Once upon a time.
Once upon a time many centuries ago, between the Pyramids and the Nile, someone recounted the tale of a sad girl. Slave to her cruel family, her only dream was freedom. And behold, her dream came true. Maybe she even lived happily ever after. The thing is that the story travelled across the world and time until it reached Europe.
Paris, 400 years ago. The tale of this forlorn girl lived on amongst the city's streets and squares. There it fell on the ears of a hunter of tales. Charles Perrault already had characters such as Little Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots, Sleeping Beauty and Tom Thumb in his repertoire. But there was still one missing: Cinderella.
Under this name, the story was passed on from book to book until 200 years ago when Gioachino Rossini – an Italian composer that took great pleasure in witnessing the happiness his music stirred in the audience – imagined that Cinderella could have its own music. The fairy godmother and her magic wand vanished, he replaced the glass slipper with a ring, the stepmother with a stepfather (Don Magnifico), he created a wise man that was to point Cinderella towards a happy ending and he invented a prince disguised as a servant (Don Ramiro) and a servant disguised as a prince (Dandini). Cinderella is Angelina, though her stepsisters – still selfish and conceited – call her Cenerentola.
The wise man has now become a wise and guardian rat, Angelina’s best friend.
A rat that will teach Cinderella that we can make our dreams come true. You just have to truly believe
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