But there is also Don Magnifico’s stepdaughter, who goes by the name of Cenerentola. She may never get married, as her stepfather has long misappropriated her dowry, inheritance of her late mother. Thus Don Magnifico is facing some major challenges, especially because Alidoro – this being quite a puzzling surprise for everybody – has just chosen the unmarried Cenerentola as Don Ramiro’s bride.
Nevertheless Alidoro’s plan seems to come together without conflicts: Don Magnifico and his two daughters fail magnificently all along the line. Thinking they will marry rich, the sisters throw themselves unhesitatingly at Dandini, who is splendidly impersonating the rich heir Don Ramiro. The kindhearted Cenerentola and the blissfully bewildered Don Ramiro, disguised as the modest young man Dandini, function perfectly according to Alidoro’s plans – until, well, until both marriage candidates realize, that they are only part of a game, whose point is not their happiness but only so called matters of greater interest.
Which conclusions will they draw from this? This question arises not only for Dandini, who unfortunately has fallen in love with Cenerentola too, but increasingly also for Alidoro, who confronted with an ever more confident Cenerentola is becoming rather anxious.