Cyprus Mail

Be home by midnight

By Maria Gregoriou

There are few things in life that we wait for in September with such smiles on our faces. September may be the month when the kids go back to school, when the laziest month of the year is over, and when we start getting serious about planning ahead but the Paphos Aphrodite Festival means we can bear September a little better.

This year the festival will be presenting Giochino Rossini’s popular, romantic opera La Cenerentola – Cinderella. The opera is based on Charles Perrault’s original fairytale and will be pulling on our heart-strings on September 4-6 at the Paphos Medieval Castle.

Now you might be thinking it is way too early to be thinking about what you could be getting up to in September, but the tickets are already on sale. Visit the festival’s website on to select your seats and print out your tickets.

This version varies from the classic fairy tale since the element of magical intervention is removed by substituting the fairy godmother with a male character who helps the heroine go to the ball because of the kindness she has showed him, the mean step-mother is replaced by a vain step-father who dreams of rich husbands for his daughters to reclaim his former wealth while the prince does not recognise Cinderella by her slipper but from her bracelet.

May you have fun at the ball.

La Cenerentola
Performance of the opera during the 17th Paphos Aphrodite Festival. September 4-6. Paphos Medieval Castle. 8pm. €70-25. Greek and English subtitles. Tel: 26-822218


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