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Operetta in two acts by C. Lombardo and music by V. Ranzato.


We are in Macao, a fabulous country in the Far East.

Princess Myosotis, daughter of Fon-Ki, King of Macao,

is about to get married, but is sad having to give up dreams

and the games of childhood, during which

was edited by the faithful Blum.

Even Prince Cyclamen, heir to the throne of Korea,

her betrothed,

it's sad for the same reasons and it shows

dimly enthusiastic about marriage.


In Macau there is a custom that, from the ceremony

of a princess wedding,

suspends all amusement and all work,

until the marriage itself is consummated,

event which is announced by the sound of a carillon.

This time "Lent" is destined to last a long time,

because both newlyweds do not

they know absolutely nothing about love.

In these situations, the beautiful Cin Ci Là, French film actress, arrives in Macao and at the same time Petit Gris arrives in search of her, who was her lover and is still madly in love with her. 

The Macao Mandarin Fon-Ky decides to entrust the two young people, so scarcely enthusiastic about the wedding, to the expert care of Cin Ci Là. The beautiful actress takes this to heart and dedicates herself with particular interest to the emancipation of Prince Cyclamen. Petit Gris is seized by a furious attack of jealousy and, in revenge, turns his attentions to Princess Myosotis. Ciclamino, who has taken a liking to the "lessons", falls in love with Cin Ci Là and wants to marry her, but the actress wisely explains to him that she cannot and does not want to contract any lasting bond. After all, Princess Myosotis is now willing to leave her dolls and dreams behind and get married to Cyclamen. Which happens regularly, amid celebrations throughout Macao. 

"Cin ci là" is an atypical operetta case: few lyrical spaces and a system that certainly looks more to the revue. But in 1925 that was the type of show that lovers of the genre were asking for, and Lombardo and Ranzato complied. 

The chronicles of the time report news of bissati and trissati duets. Even the music was praised as graceful in its large sentimental spirals, in the rhythm of the songs and in its quick gaieties. 

Today Cin ci là remains, in the Italian territory, one of the operettas most loved by the public and most represented by tour companies. 




Directed by Elena D'Angelo

Artistic Director Gianni Versino

Choreography Martina Ronca

Orchestra Conductor Marcella Tessarin

Orchestra and corps de ballet Elena D'Angelo Company

Staging and costumes Grandi Spettacoli

Cin Ci Là                     Elena d Angelo

Petit-Gris                    Matteo Mazzoli

Principe Cyclamino       Paolo Cauteruccio

Principessa Myosotis     Merita Dileo

Principe Fon-Ki             Gianni Versino

Blum                           Stefano Menegale

Annie                          Paola Scapolan

Sacerdote                    Carlo Randazzo


Cin Ci la'

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