Just in time for Valentine's Day, the IU Opera Theater offers a very pleasant, richly detailed and charmingly staged version of the Cinderella story. It's Jules Massenet's "Cendrillon" and the opera brings back the fairy god mother, the magical coach and the glass slippers that Disney and Rogers and Hammerstein have accustomed us to and that Rossini so callously left out.
Chuck Hudson is the visiting director for Indiana University Opera Theatre's production of Jules Massenet's take on the Cinderella story, "Le Cendrillon." Chuck is deeply into the mythology of fairy tales informed by the work of Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell. At the same time his direction is also very much influenced by such distinctly physical approaches as the mime of Marcel Marceau.