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USD Opera Presents 'Cinderella' April 27-28

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Opera presents Massenet's enchanting adaptation of "Cinderella," a cherished fairy tale worldwide, April 27 and 28 in Aalfs Auditorium.

Set at the French Moulin Rouge, the audience will witness Cinderella's quest for the Bohemian ideals of truth, beauty, freedom and love against all odds. With some of the most magical moments in all of opera, this Cinderella story will delight audiences of all ages. 

Children are encouraged to dress up as their favorite fairy tale characters.

Tracelyn Gesteland, D.M.A., directs the production, while Luis Viquez, D.M.A., conducts. The cast includes 23 students, and the orchestra consists of 11 players.

"It has been such a joy working on this production, which features equal parts romance and comedy, with some surprises as well," said Gesteland. "The music is charming, vivacious and irresistible with something for everyone. This cast and orchestra are doing an amazing job of bringing the magic to life, both visually and aurally.”

Show information

"Cinderella" by Jules Massenet (sung in English with supertitles)
Saturday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 28 at 3 p.m.
Aalfs Auditorium in Slagle Hall
Tickets available by cash or check at the door : $12 Adults/ $6 for students with I.D./ $5 Children 12 and under

About USD Opera

USD Opera is a multiple national award-winning program. Most recently, the program won an honorable mention for The American Prize in Opera Performance in 2018. Training and performance opportunities for students interested in the art of opera are available through USD Opera. Every semester, students enrolled in opera workshop have the opportunity to study and perform operatic literature from the common practice period as well as contemporary lyric theater.


USD's College of Fine Arts encourages students to pursue their chosen professional field in art, music or theater through their study with nationally recognized faculty who are working professionals. Students learn and grow to be professional fine artists with great job potential anywhere in the country. The college offers opportunities for additional real-world experiences through work with guest artists, study tours abroad and opportunities at the National Music Museum and the University Art Galleries on the Vermillion campus and the Black Hills Playhouse in Custer State Park. The college brings more than 80 guests artists to campus annually to work with students.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News