Brit musical prodigy, 11, wows audiences in Vienna with her self-penned Cinderella opera
Amazingly talented youngster composed and took part in the performance, with audiences comparing her to Mozart
Meet the British musical prodigy who has been likened to Mozart after composing her first opera at just 11 years old. Alma Deutscher, who lives with her parents in Dorking, Surrey, was given a standing ovation at the premiere of her opera Cinderella in Vienna, which she both composed and took part in.
The show, which was performed in German at the Casino Baumgarten theatre, is two-and-a-half hours long with a musical score of 237 pages, all penned by Deutscher.
She has since been referred to as a “Wunderkind” – wonderkid – by the German media for the adaptation, which re-imagined the classic fairytale as taking place in an opera house run by Cinderella’s wicked stepmother
In the youngster’s version the prince was haunted by a tune sang by Cinderella as she fled the ball and the only person who could finish it was her, setting the prince off on a classic quest to find her – with no pumpkin or shoe in sight.
She had a 10-minute standing ovation from the audience, which her PR manager Judy Graham told the BBC left her “thrilled”.
She added: “The audience reaction was very warm and spontaneous. The standing ovation lasted about 10 minutes.”
Deutscher says she finds inspiration whilst “skipping”.
She told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I take my skipping rope to the rehearsals and skip with it in the breaks.
“I don’t go to school, I learn at home, I’m home-schooled. I read lots of books, I love reading… I read biographies about scientists and composers.”
And she already has big plans for the future as she embarks on her next project: writing a complete piano concerto, then a book which she will adapt into a film and write the score for.