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Rossini: La Cenerentola - Metropolitan Opera

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Rossini's classic take on the "Cinderella" story is a comic opera full of thrilling arias, beautiful melodies and lots of laughs. The Metropolitan's charming production was revived in 2009 for star mezzo, Elı¯na Garancˇa. The mezzo triumphs in the role and dispatches vocal fireworks throughout. She is joined by American tenor Lawrence Brownlee and a cast of bel canto singers. BONUS FEATURE: Interviews by Thomas Hampson

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  • Actors: Elina Garanca, Lawrence Brownlee, John Relyea, Alessandro Corbelli, Simone Alberghini
  • Directors: Cesare Lievi, Gary Halvorson
  • Writers: Gioachino Rossini, Jacopo Ferretti
  • Producers: The Metropolitan Opera
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, NTSC, DTS Surround Sound, Widescreen, Subtitled
  • Language: Italian (DTS 5.1), Italian (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Italian
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Deutsche Grammophon
  • DVD Release Date: January 12, 2010
  • Run Time: 161 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002YH6FME
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,743 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By libriarsque on February 18, 2010
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I saw this production live onstage in 1997 with Cecilia Bartoli in the title role (Alessandro Corbelli was the Dandini, Ramon Vargas the prince, Michele Pertusi the Alidoro, with Levine conducting), and have to say that I'd rather have had that cast on DVD. That said, there is some wonderful singing and music-making among this cast. Corbelli, one of operatic history's greatest Dandinis, is now very much in demand as Don Magnifico, as is Lawrence Brownlee as Prince Ramiro. Garanca is a physically lovely and vocally elegant Cenerentola; her heroine is both touching and strong. Brownlee possesses considerable musicality and a formidable technique, despite his tendency to sing with his head a bit sideways; and Corbelli displays his usual undisputed mastery with character and text, creating a more "human" and less farcical Magnifico than is more often seen. The Alidoro and Dandini are quite serviceable, if unremarkable.

Soundwise, there seem to be some problems with the mics downstage left--whenever the singers have to go to that quadrant of the stage, they suddenly sound as if they're singing in an adjoining bathroom with a very echo-y shower.

As for the production, I didn't much care for it in 1997, and it still hasn't grown on me. Visually cartoonish, there are too many predictable moments in the staging. For example, in the famous sextet "Quest'e' un nodo avviluppato" ("This is a tangled knot"), Ramiro winds a rope around the other singers. And at the end, he and Cenerentola appear on top of a huge wedding cake. How imaginative is that??? I've seen much better. Still, for over-all singing and Corbelli's Magnifico, this is a good DVD to have.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Opera Diva on January 19, 2010
I first saw this production broadcast on television, and was instantly captivated. I have been waiting impatiently for it to come out on dvd ever since. Cenerentola has long been one of my very favorite operas, and I tend to be a very critical viewer. I have seen some wonderful interpretations of this beloved classic, but this production, for me, remains at the very top of the list.

All the singers are phenomenal, both the leads and the supporting cast, and the acting is first class, all around. Elina Garanca looks the part of Cinderella perfectly. The Prince has some peculiar facial expressions at times, but really, his singing is utterly superb. I cannot say I have had the pleasure of hearing a better tenor leggiero than this, not even in Juan Diego Flores, who is likewise fabulous. The entire cast and crew had a blast with this production, and it shows. The image of the tall, broad-shouldered Alidoro sporting his tiny little angel wings during his first act aria never fails to amuse.

I could not be more pleased with this dvd. Take it from one who is very hard to please in the opera dvd department - this is a must have! Whether you are a long-time lover of opera, or just beginning to find appreciation for this art form, this dvd comes very highly recommended.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By S. Wells on February 21, 2010
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This is a beatifully sung, but, on the whole, unremarkable performance.

Elina Garanca is the highlight in the title role. She exhibits a lovely voice, excellent technique and beguiling acting. Indeed, she's the best part of this persentation. Lawrence Brownlee sings beautifully, but it's hard to overlook the disadvantages of his stature. His Dandini towers over him and even Cenerentola is much taller than he. I'm sure I'll return to this DVD to HEAR him, but I think I'll just play the music and not watch the video. Alberghini, Reylea and Cobelli are fine in their respective roles.

The production is inoffensive, if just a bit silly. Like another reivewer, I didn't like Alidoro's angel wings, espcially as Rossini intentionally left the supernatural out of this opera. I also thought the oversized wedding cake in the final scene was over-the-top rather than entertaining.

On the whole, the DVDs with von Stade (my personal favourite) and Bartoli (before mannerisms overtook her obvious intelligence) are to be preferred.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. De Sapio on February 27, 2010
Like many other viewers, my first experience of this performance was live at a local movie theater (and a glorious afternoon it was). While Cesare Lievi's production utterly misses the mark (I will explain why later on), this performance of LA CENERENTOLA boasts one of the strongest casts for the four principals which you could find today. Elina Garanca gives the best interpretation of the role of Angelina - vocally and dramatically - in my experience. Her dark, rich voice sails effortlessly through the most grueling passages of coloratura with not a hint of aspiration. And she is an enchanting stage presence in the role, modestly radiant and unpretentious. American tenor Lawrence Brownlee, who is quickly becoming one the world's great bel canto stars, has a glorious, robust tenor and etches his coloratura with fearsome precision. While his acting is not his strongest point, he puts across the Prince's anger and authority convincingly at the opera's denouement. Italian bass-baritone Simone Alberghini makes a charismatic Dandini, one who fully enjoys the comic implications of the master/servant exchange. That Alberghini's voice may lack brightness and agility for the role doesn't seem to matter, as his looks and gestures fit the role like a glove. Don Magnifico is played by buffo extraordinaire Alessandro Corbelli. Really, nothing more need be said, but I will nonetheless: this is a magisterial buffo performance, a marriage of balletic physical comedy (just watch his drunk act during the wine tasting aria) and rich, intelligent vocalism, with a disturbing hint of Magnifico's impending dementia.Read more ›
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