Premiere: November 21, 1945, Bolshoi Theater, Moscow.
Sergey Prokofiev first dreamed up the idea for the ballet Cinderella in winter 1940, after the premiere of Romeo and Juliet. Galina Ulanova, who danced the lead role, inspired the composer to create a ballet just for her. Theater critic, art expert, and dramatist Nikolai Volkov composed the libretto for Prokofiev. Work on the ballet was going well, but World War II nearly shattered those plans.