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Massenet: Cendrillon / de Billy, DiDonato, Gutierrez, Coote, Podles [2 DVD]

Album Summary

>Massenet, Jules : Cendrillon
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

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.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 165 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Subtitles: English


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Works Details

>Massenet, 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: Royal Opera Chorus
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta