This winter, Jules Massenet’s fascinating adaptation of the enduring Cinderella returns to the Metropolitan opera, continuing the new tradition of staged barrier-free operas for all ages during the holidays!

Cinderella at the Metropolitan opera

Continuing the precious holiday tradition, the Metropolitan Opera has launched a new issue in a series of abridged operas adapted for family audiences. Laurent Pelly’s storybook staged the 2017-18 season of Massenet’s Cendrillon and provided a new English translation in 90 minutes. The mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard ( Isabel Leonard) plays the self-made princess. Artist Emmanuel Villaume leads a delightful cast, including mezzo-soprano Emily D’Angelo as Cinderella’s Prince Charming, soprano Jessica Pratt as her fairy godmother, and mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe and bass-baritone Laurent Naouri play her discordant guardian.

Plot

This wonderful English work comes from the imagination of Laurent Pelly after the great success of the 2017/18 season. Romantic and shiny, Pandolfe’s daughter is a witty and elegant girl, and stunningly. The beautiful scenery and costumes are full of rococo prosperity and fairy-tale magic. The perfect engagement for people who watch an opera for the first time.

A storybook kingdom. The country gentleman Pandolfe married the bossy Countess Madame de la Haltière. She and her daughters Naomi and Dorothy bullied the daughter of Pandolfe’s first marriage-known as Cinderella.

Her father remarried a bitter and spoiled lady after her mother died. When her stepmother and grumpy stepsisters prepare for a luxurious royal ball, Cinderella has only housework to do. But when she found herself alone and reflected on her tragic situation, she found that the help of the fairy godmother was right in front of her. And she would not let her sit down and dance! Cinderella was enchanted and turned into the most beautiful girl in the land. She went to the prom, where she attracted the attention of a very important suitor…

Credits: newyorkcitytheater.com; Metropolitan opera official website

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