The fairy tale in a nutshell? Poor girl becomes princess, or also: from ashes to diamond. So it's made for the Christmas season. Prokofiev shows in his "Cinderella" what he already proved in "Peter and the Wolf", namely how great he could compose music that delights children as well as adults.
Like Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet", his "Cinderella" heightens the musical expression to operatic levels - but at the same time it is fairytale-like, cheeky and always tremendously inspired. The British choreographer Christopher Wheeldon has created a fairytale-like choreography for the Dutch National Ballet in Amsterdam, which goes back to the original fairytale version by the Brothers Grimm. It was further developed in Munich.