Massenet’s Cendrillon with DiDonato, Coote and Podles
Recorded at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Wednesday 4th January at 00.30 UK time
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photocredit: The Royal Opera / Bill Cooper
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Massenet’s Cendrillon in a staging by French director Laurent Pelly with an all-star cast including Joyce DiDonato and Alice Coote. Massenet’s score stays true to Perrault’s well-known Cinderella story, but adds a coloratura soprano fairy-godmother, and some ravishing duets for Cendrillon and her prince.
Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo-soprano: Cendrillon)
Eglise Gutiérrez (Soprano: La Fée)
Alice Coote (Mezzo-soprano: Le Prince Charmant)
Ewa Podles (Mezzo-soprano: Madame de la Haltière)
Jean-Philippe Lafont (Baritone: Pandolfe)
Madeleine Pierard (Soprano: Noémie)
Kai Rüütel (Mezzo-soprano: Dorothée)
Jeremy White (Bass: Roi)
Harry Nicoll (Tenor: Doyen de la Faculté)
Dawid Kimberg (Baritone: Surintendant des Plaisirs)
John-Owen Miley-Read (bass: Premier Ministre)
Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Bertrand de Billy (conductor)
This was broadcast live by the BBC in July 2011 and here is the link to the
page with excellent photos by Bill Cooper and a synopsis
Information from the BBC radio3 website
For those who prefer to watch as well as listen to this production you can tune in Here to the free streaming provided by La Monnaie. It is the same production with a different cast and the user friendly site is is English, French and Dutch. This opera will be available on demand and free until January 19th. Click here for comprehensive further information and interesting video clips.
Many thanks to the Opera Lover who provided the link and brought this to my attention.
This production will be available within the next few days to watch in cinemas in many countries. Here is the link to see if there is a showing near you – you can search by post code.