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The Cinderella fairy tale as seen through the eyes of the belle epoque, Massenet's Cendrillon was first performed at the Opera-Comique in Paris in 1899 and its gorgeous score embraces pathos, pastiche, broad humor, subtle eroticism and sheer magic. In Summer 2011, its debut at London's Royal Opera House was built around mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, who first took on the title role at the Santa Fe festival in 2006.
The New York Times found Joyce DiDonato's performance "thoroughly enchanting. She won sympathy for the girl's plight at once, and her exquisite articulation of the repeated phrase "Vous etes mon Prince Charmant" in the first love duet- surely the opera's most ravishing moments- was flawless."
Supporting DiDonato are bass-baritone Jean-Philippe Lafont, who made his Covent Garden debut in this production, soprano Eglise Gutierrez, mezzo-soprano Alice Coote, contralto Ewa Podles, and conductor Bertrand de Billy.
The joys and pains of deep love are beautifully depicted in the music.
The fact that the designer used a "book" background felt like I was opening the fairytale book before my eyes, and reading the pages as they turned.
A beautiful performance, esp. by DiDonato, of beautiful music with an excelklent supporting cast.
Bravo to the cast and crew of "Cendrillon" from the Royal Opera House production! Joyce DiDonato is absolutely wonderful, charming and shows her dramatic artistry when... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
This opera can be defined as the superposition of two different stories. On the one hand, two lonely souls, Cinderella and Prince Charming, and on the other hand the comic aspects... Read morePublished 11 months ago by A. Lupu
5 Stars for costumes (delightfully comic book-ish), and the singing of Cendrillon and Step-mother - both seem to do all that can be done with these roles. Read morePublished on March 3, 2013 by D. Altschuler
This is amusing, amazingly musical with the most wonderful voices. The final scene music is heartbreaking. DiDonato is perfect in this vehicle. Read morePublished on January 2, 2013 by Joan C. Germann
A beautiful performance, esp. by DiDonato, of beautiful music with an excelklent supporting cast. One of the few minimalist productions that I've enjoyed! HPPublished on December 19, 2012 by H.C.
Easily the best opera I've seen in high definition. Everything about it is special. Joyce DiDonato is perfect in the title role, and just wait till you see Eva Podles as her... Read morePublished on November 28, 2012 by opera maven
I liked this performance. Obviously, expert artists serving the music. Always what I appreciate. Glad I could buy and listen to it.Published on November 21, 2012 by Kathleen Dollins
This is a great DVD. The music is endlessly charming, DiDonato is superb--as is the whole cast (makes me want to see more of Podles, too). Read morePublished on July 13, 2012 by Jim Johnston