Vienna ovation for 11-year-old girl’s Cinderella opera

An 11-year-old British girl has spoken of her immense pride after her opera was given a standing ovation in Vienna where it is playing as part of year end celebrations. Alma Deutscher's own take on Cinderella involves a poet prince being charmed by the melody of a female composer, rather than the singing of her pretentious two half-sisters. The characters are played by adults, with Alma accompanying them on the violin in some scenes. Thursday evening's premiere at the city's Casino Baumgarten Concert Hall was packed. "I am extremely proud. If anybody had told me a few years ago that my opera would be put on in Vienna, I'd have thought it was a joke," she told BBC Radio 4's Today programme. The production also has an adult director but Deutscher said in the interview she often passes on her own ideas about how the opera should play

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