Opera of British child prodigy released on DVD & Blu-Ray
Alma Deutscher, born 2005, is a young and gifted composer, violinist and pianist. She caused a mini-sensation when her first full-length opera “Cinderella” - written at the tender age of 8 - debuted in 2016 in with audiences lauding the production with sterling reviews and standing ovations. The works’ American debut followed just one year later, in San José, with seven sold out performances. It is from this production that Sony Classical is releasing the DVD and Blu-ray. The four-act opera ‘Cinderella’ - whose patron was Zubin Mehta - puts a twist on the usual narrative of the classic fairytale
Alma Deutscher is a particular darling of the media and has even been likened to Mozart.
She has been featured in high profile media such as CBS, NBC, Financial Times, BBC, Daily Telegraph, Sunday Times, The Guardian, Die Presse, Der Standard, ZDF, Der Spiegel, Bild, China Daily, ABC, Corriere della sera
Alma Deutscher has also been featured in a 60minute CBS special, and has been guest on numerous TV shows such as the American talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show
OUTSTANDING QUOTES & REVIEWS
§ “An 11-year-old British composer has earned comparisons with Mozart after her opera opened in Vienna to a standing ovation.” The Guardian
§ “She received a standing ovation at the premiere of her two-and-a-half hour production of Cinderella.” The Times
§ Alma is an exceptional pianist and violinist but her composition skills got the connoisseurs talking as she is unusually gifted: “She's different from other prodigies we have known, because […] she wrote an opera, which demands comprehensive mastery.” CBS News
ABOUT THE COMPOSER - ALMA DEUTSCHER
Alma Deutscher started playing the piano when she was two years old and the violin when she was three. Soon afterwards she started improvising simple melodies on the piano. When she was six, she completed her first piano sonata and at seven she composed a short opera called ‘The Sweeper of Dreams’. There followed various compositions for violin, piano, and chamber ensembles. Aged nine, Alma Deutscher wrote a concerto for violin and orchestra. Aged twelve, she completed her first piano concerto, which was premiered in Austria to the jubilation of the public and the press.
Between the ages of 8-12, Alma Deutscher composed a full length opera, ‘Cinderella’, which has been performed to standing ovations and international critical acclaim in Israel, Austria and the USA.
Alma Deutscher has featured prominently in international media and in 2017 was the subject of an hour long BBC Documentary and a CBS 60 Minutes feature. Her YouTube channel has more than 6 million views. She has also performed worldwide as a soloist on both violin and piano.
ABOUT THE OPERA CINDERELLA
Music is a central part of the plot. It is set in an opera production company run by the Evil Stepmother. The two step-sister stock characters are portrayed as talentless divas. Although Cinderella is a natural composer, with "beautiful melodies springing into her head", she is not allowed to perform. The prince is a poet and Cinderella chances upon a captivating love poem, which unbeknownst to her was written by the prince. She is inspired by the poem and sets it to her own music. Her melody is then stolen by her step-sisters and sung at a singing competition during the ball; however, finally Cinderella sings her melody to the prince, unaware that he wrote words to it. Similarly, the prince is unaware that the singer composed the enchanting music to which he composed his lyrics. After Cinderella flees from the ball at midnight, the prince searches for Cinderella not using a glass slipper, as in the traditional fairytale, but using a melody. Eventually, the pair is united.