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Thread: Opera on 3 - 9 July, 2011: Massenet's Cendrillon from the ROH

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    Default Opera on 3 - 9 July, 2011: Massenet's Cendrillon from the ROH

    Anyone else going to see this? I'll be at the 9th July performance.

    Have never over-cared for Massenet, but the two previous Laurent Pelly productions I've seen (Fille Du Regiment and L'Elisir....) have both been marvellous (heard Manon was just as good, but had to miss that as was in UAE): I think he's rather good at blowing the cobwebs off old warhorses.

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    My wife has acquired two £60 tickets on Ebay for £60 the pair. I know nothing about the opera but had mentioned that I would be happy to go and see Alice Coote in anything. I will also look forward to seeing Joyce DiDonato on her own two legs. Last time we saw her at ROH she was in a wheelchair for the Barbiere di Siviglia.

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    Can omeone with the appropriate powers transfer this thread to the Music and Performance section? Thanks!

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    Default Massenet's Cendrillon

    Quote Originally Posted by Mandryka View Post
    Anyone else going to see this? I'll be at the 9th July performance.

    Have never over-cared for Massenet, but the two previous Laurent Pelly productions I've seen (Fille Du Regiment and L'Elisir....) have both been marvellous (heard Manon was just as good, but had to miss that as was in UAE): I think he's rather good at blowing the cobwebs off old warhorses.
    I went to the dress rehearsal. I thought the production every bit as good as the two Donizetti productions (I missed Manon, also). Cleverly designed, witty and, sometimes, very beautiful. In short, everything you want from Cinderella. Audience response was huge. Everyone loved it. Joyce Di Donato has some ravishing music and there is a wonderful duet for her and Alice Coote. Also outstanding is Gutierrez as the Fairy Godmother.What casting! I guarantee you'll love every second. I've never been a great Massenet fan but I think this may have converted me!

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    Default Opera on 3 - Saturday 9th March, 2011: Massenet's Cendrillon

    Live from Covent Garden, the Royal Opera House presents its first ever production of 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 adding a coloratura soprano fairy-godmother, and some ravishing duets for Cendrillon and her prince. Donald Macleod is joined by Sarah Lenton to discuss the background to Massenet's opera, and interviews the cast and conductor about their roles in it.

    Presented by Donald Macleod

    Cendrillon .....Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo-soprano)
    La Fée ..... Eglise Gutiérrez (Soprano)
    Le Prince Charmant ..... Alice Coote (Mezzo-soprano)
    Madame de la Haltière ..... Ewa Podles (Mezzo-soprano)
    Pandolfe ..... Jean-Philippe Lafont (Baritone)
    Noémie ..... Madeleine Pierard (Soprano)
    Dorothée ..... Kai Rüütel (Mezzo-soprano)
    Roi ..... Jeremy White (Bass)
    Doyen de la Faculté ..... Harry Nicoll (Tenor)
    Surintendant des Plaisirs ..... Dawid Kimberg (Baritone)
    Premier Ministre ..... John-Owen Miley-Read

    Royal Opera House orchestra & chorus
    Conductor ..... Bertrand de Billy.

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    I was there for Tuesday's opening night - my Opera Britannia review here: http://www.opera-britannia.com/index...iews&Itemid=16

    Some very good singing and well worth listening in to R3 this evening... just a pity to lose the visuals. I do hope that the broadcast isn't plagued by the frequent audio dropouts and interference which blighted last week's Madama Butterfly.

    EA, are you four months late with your thread title?
    Our chief weapon is surprise...surprise and fear...fear and surprise.... Our two weapons are fear and surprise...and ruthless efficiency....

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    Well, I take your point about the casting and the production....musically, it was very good indeed and Joyce Didonato (despite having a cold) delivered the goods, as did Alice Coote. But, oh dear me, what an uninspiring piece of hackwork this opera is! Ballets that seemed to on forever, unmemorable music (did Massenet ever write anything memorable, apart from the Meditation from Thais?) and padding, padding, padding.

    A truly horrible work. It didn't deserve the talent that was lavished on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandryka View Post
    Well, I take your point about the casting and the production....musically, it was very good indeed and Joyce Didonato (despite having a cold) delivered the goods, as did Alice Coote. But, oh dear me, what an uninspiring piece of hackwork this opera is! Ballets that seemed to on forever, unmemorable music (did Massenet ever write anything memorable, apart from the Meditation from Thais?) and padding, padding, padding.

    A truly horrible work. It didn't deserve the talent that was lavished on it.
    Manon is full of memorable tunes !

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    [To clarify - as requested I have moved Mandryka's thread from CD Review, and also merged it with Eine Alpensinfonie's Opera on 3 thread. It has resulted in Mandryka's earlier posts taking precedence over EA's. Sorry - I hadn't realised this might be a bit confusing!]

    This does have the benefit of now linking IGI's Opera Britannia review to the present discussion. There seems to be a division of opinion!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandryka View Post
    But, oh dear me, what an uninspiring piece of hackwork this opera is! Ballets that seemed to on forever, unmemorable music (did Massenet ever write anything memorable, apart from the Meditation from Thais?) and padding, padding, padding.

    A truly horrible work. It didn't deserve the talent that was lavished on it.
    I think 'a truly horrible work' is rather an extreme response, but each to his/ her own. I think that Cendrillon's phrase 'Vous êtes mon Prince Charmant' in their duet is exquisite. There are wonderful, memorable melodies in Manon, Werther, Thaïs (not just the 'Méditation'), Chérubin - a fizzing comedy, Esclarmonde, Cléopâtre (an opera I'd programme straight away if I were running Covent Garden!) and Don Quichotte.
    Our chief weapon is surprise...surprise and fear...fear and surprise.... Our two weapons are fear and surprise...and ruthless efficiency....

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