- Ewa Podles (Mezzo Soprano)
- Jean-Philippe Lafont (Baritone)
- Eglis Gutierrez (Soprano)
- Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
- Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano)
Notes & Reviews:
With Joyce DiDonato as Cinderella capturing all hearts – not just Prince Charming’s – Massenet’s enchanting, sophisticated retelling of the classic fairytale makes its debut at Covent Garden in a charming and witty production by Laurent Pelly. The Cinderella story seen through the eyes of the belle époque, Massenet’s Cendrillon was first performed at the Opéra-Comique in Paris in 1899 and its gorgeous score embraces pathos, pastiche, broad humour, subtle eroticism and sheer magic.
"It is a remarkable package that DiDonato offers: a mezzo cast in milk chocolate, so smooth and agile that it can reach up to a diamond-bright soprano as well as sink to a rich, chesty alto. And then there is the instinctive charisma: she is always engaging and always intelligently shaping the verse and text." -The Times
In Cendrillon Joyce DiDonato again serves notice that she is one of the most treasurable opera singers in the world. She is officially a light mezzo, but she has range and a delectable timbre joined to an irresistible presence, infinite charm, and a vulnerability that is very touching in this marvelous opera... Small roles are very well done. Bertrand de Billy relishes the brilliant orchestration and gets excellent playing, It's a wonderful performance of an opera more people should know.
Run Time: 165 min.
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
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Works DetailsMassenet, Jules : Cendrillon
- Performers: Ewa Podles (Mezzo Soprano); Jean-Philippe Lafont (Baritone); Eglis Gutierrez (Soprano); Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano); Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano)
- Conductor: Bertrand De Billy
- Ensemble: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Form: Opera/Operetta