Rossini's La Cenerentola

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Juan Diego Flórez as Don Ramiro and Joyce DiDonato as Angelina in Rossini's 'La Cenerentola.' Juan Diego Flórez as Don Ramiro and Joyce DiDonato as Angelina in Rossini's "La Cenerentola." (Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

This Saturday at 1 pm, the Metropolitan Opera's final broadcast of the season features Rossini's La Cenerentola, starring soprano Joyce DiDonato as Angelina and Juan Diego Florez as Don Ramiro. 

 

Even if you haven't seen or heard La Cenerentola before, you are surely familiar with the story (HINT: it's more commonly known as Cinderella). A prince is looking for a wife – the most beautiful girl in the land. Though instead of looks, he's searching for a girl with a heart of gold. Angelina, or Cenerentola, is the step-sister to two wicked girls. She's mistreated and left behind when marriage opportunities arise. There's no fairy godmother in this tale, or a glass slipper for that matter. Rather the Prince's tutor and valet meet Cenerentola while searching for a bride for the prince, and find a way to sneak her to the ball.  

These are DiDonato's first Met performances as Cinderella. Met principal conductor Fabio Luisi leads the score.

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Cast:

Conductor: Fabio Luisi
Angelina: Joyce DiDonato
Don Ramiro: Juan Diego Flórez
Dandini: Pietro Spagnoli
Don Magnifico: Alessandro Corbelli
Alidoro: Luca Pisaroni

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Comments [5]

concetta nardone

She has an aria that goes on forever. Nice singing all around.

May. 10 2014 02:45 PM
Jeff Haller from Miami

Cenerentola has some great stuff. But WHY is that first act so damned long? It's a fairytale not Wagner mythology. The length hurts it.

May. 10 2014 02:41 PM
concetta nardone from Nassau

Yeah, they do need to shut up a bit. How will we ever survive not listening to Ira and Margaret? I keep running back to turn the radio off during the intermissions.

May. 10 2014 02:17 PM
ardath_bey

love wqxr, but you guys need to pipe down. Too much talk, we're here for the music. And this is supposed to be a commercial-free station? the first thing I hear when I log on is a Lincoln MKS ad lol

anyway it'll get worse when the fund drive begins so I guess I'm out of here for a while.

May. 10 2014 12:55 PM
JJBennett from Omaha, NE

Newsletter is the best! Look fwd to its arrival always.

May. 08 2014 10:34 PM

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