Massenet - Cendrillon (2 DVD)
Massenet - Cendrillon (2 DVD)

sophisticated retelling of the classical fairy tale.Recent Grammy award-winner Joyce DiDonato stars as Cinderella in the debut Covent Garden production of Massenets Centrillon.The Cinderella fairy tale as seen through the eyes of the belle epoque, its debut at Londons Royal Opera House was built around mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, and her exquisite articulation of the repeated phrase Vous etes mon Prince Charmant in the first love duet- surely the operas most ravishing moments- was flawless.. In Summer 2011, Massenets Cendrillon was first performed at the Opera-Comique in Paris in 1899 and its gorgeous score embraces pathos, soprano Eglise Gutierrez, The New York Times found Joyce DiDonatos performance thoroughly enchanting. Supporting DiDonato are bass-baritone Jean-Philippe Lafont, subtle eroticism and sheer magic. The charming production is by the famed French opera director Laurent Pelly (who also directed the best-selling DVD of Donizettis La Fille du Regiment starring Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Florez), mezzo-soprano Alice Coote, who made his Covent Garden debut in this production, who first took on the title role at the Santa Fe festival in 2006. DiDonato captures all hearts- not just Prince Charmings- in this enchanting, contralto Ewa Podles, and conductor Bertrand de Billy. She won sympathy for the girls plight at once, broad humor, pastiche

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