Rossini's Cinderella

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Rossini’s Cinderella retells the classic fairytale originally written by Charles Perrault. American mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey stars as the title role in Los Angeles Opera’s delightful production of Cinderella. She sings opposite Rene Barbera, the American tenor who plays Prince Ramiro.

Italian baritone Alessandro Corbelli stars as Cinderella’s father and Italian bass-baritone Vito Prianto sings the role of Dandini, the Prince’s squire. James Conlon conducts the production.

 

 

CAST:

Angelina/Cinderella               Kate Lindsey

Prince Ramiro                        René Barbera

Dandini                                   Vito Priante

Don Magnifico                         Alessandro Corbelli

Alidoro                                    Nicola Ulivieri

Clorinda                                  Stacey Tappan

Tisbe                                       Ronnita Nicole Miller

 

CONDUCTOR:                        James Conlon

STAGE DIRECTOR:                Joan Font

LA OPERA ORCHESTRA

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Comments [4]

Howard from Florida

The commentator stated that bracelets replaced the glass slipper as the missing object, which is true. I read a long time ago that the switch was made because women at the time of the opera's premiere (1817) weren't allowed to appear on stage with their ankles showing! But I can't recall the source now.

Jul. 21 2013 09:51 AM
Howard from Florida

The commentator stated that bracelets replaced the glass slipper as the missing object, which is true. I read a long time ago that the switch was made because women at the time of the opera's premiere (1817) weren't allowed to appear on stage with their ankles showing! But I can't recall the source now.

Jul. 21 2013 09:51 AM
Les from Miami, Florida

This performance was a complete delight to hear! It was almost uncut: No. 6, an aria for Don Magnifico, was substituted by another that wasn't in the full score I was following; and No. 13, an aria for Clorinda, was cut entirely. Bravissimi to Kate Lindsey and Alessandro Corbelli. Rene' Barbera reminded me of Nicola Monti, with whom I became acquainted in my youth via recordings. He interpolated a couple of D naturals in addition to the high C's that were written. Cenerentola has a G a fourth below middle C and high B's, and the role sounded like child's play and effortless as sung by Lindsey. What great command of legato and care for style. The orchestra was light and sparkling throughout; and editorial decisions for second violins and violas not to play tied notes but to play each note individually bowed proved the right one since articulation was more clearly apparent. James Conlon had a good command of the orchestra and it was loud, justifiably, in the "temporale" (storm). Hat's off to all involved in the ensemble pieces as far as intonation and balance were called for.

Jul. 20 2013 05:02 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

LA CENERENTOLA is a story well known to all and sundry. The music is intrinsic, essential ROSSINI. Every role has its quality place in the sun. When the MET OPERA NATIONAL COMPANY produced the opera on its national tour, its RAMIRO was ENRICO DI GIUSEPPI who eventually sang IL BARBIERE's Count Almaviva at the MET OPERA. In the Ramiro role he was astoundingly good.

Jul. 20 2013 11:19 AM

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