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The Metropolitan Opera (HD Broadcast):
Cendrillon — Jules Massenet
Massenet’s sumptuous Cinderella opera, starring Joyce DiDonato and Alice Coote.
“Glorious,” raved the New York Times when Joyce DiDonato sang the title role of Cendrillon at the Royal Opera in 2011, “her performance was thoroughly enchanting.” Now, for the first time ever, Massenet’s sumptuous take on the Cinderella story comes to the Met, with DiDonato starring in the title role. She is paired with mezzo-soprano Alice Coote in the trouser role of Prince Charming, Kathleen Kim as the Fairy Godmother and Stephanie Blythe as the imperious Madame de la Haltière. Bertrand de Billy conducts Laurent Pelly’s imaginative storybook production. 3h 12m
Praise for this charming production in the New York Times:
Ms. DiDonato’s characteristically American balance of spunk and aw-shucks earnestness, of radiance and gumption, has served her well as Cinderella. Ms. DiDonato does sincerity better than anyone. At 49, she can still step on stage and, with modest gestures and mellow sound, persuade you she’s a put-upon girl. She experiences the story with an open face and endearing ingenuousness, a sense of wonder that never turns saccharine. In soft-grained passages, she is often simply lovely.
Bertrand de Billy leads the orchestra in a sumptuous performance that pivots from a robust start to ethereal accompaniment under Cendrillon’s forlorn opening monologue. Never rushed, his pacing keeps the energy up; never insubstantial in texture, the playing maintains a fizzy lightness.
Not unlike Cesare Lievi’s Magritte-inspired production of Rossini’s “La Cenerentola” at the Met, this “Cendrillon” is boldly stylized; elegant yet winking; straightforward but with an aura of extravagance, particularly in the artfully over-the-top costumes (designed by Mr. Pelly, who took his curtain call on Thursday in a red velvet suit that matched them). Even incidental action, like lifting a selfish stepsister into shoes for the prince’s ball, is pertly, smilingly choreographed by Laura Scozzi.
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