Written April 23, 2009
This is the first Opera I ever saw when i was 15 years old. It is the simple story of Cinderella, but more human, funny and no fairy god mother. Instead the Opera writer appears to change the girls destiny.
The story is fun, also the music is lively and entertaining,
If you have never been to an opera before, this is the way to begin.
I am just curious about this new HD experience with live operas from the met, I've heard they are great, but will let you know after my first experience on May 9th with La Cenerentola.
Written May 10, 2009
I thoroughly enjoyed this performance and thought it well cast. The leading lady is exquisite and all of the cast sang superbly. I enjoyed the father's antics and the chorus supported the leads, and although in doubtful attire, added solidity and force to the performance. I wondered at the "musical chairs" scene, but all in all I was delighted with the acting and jumped in my seat when Cinderella dropped the plate and cup, as well as when the fire started. Well done! Our audience clapped entusiastically and spoke approvingly of the performance as we walked out of the theater.
Written May 09, 2009
Fabulous music, magnificent singing. Rossini's music is captivating in this classic tale of Cinderella with a few twists. No "Bibbity Bobbity Boo" and no glass slipper! The step sisters are there though and they have wonderful comedic roles.
Go and you'll become a fan
Written May 13, 2009
La Cenerentola was big on expressing the comedy aspects of this fairy tale, was lighter on the magical/ side of it. La Cenerentola seemed less like a tragic figure and more like a survivor instead of the pathetic, lovelorn figure that we knew from childhood.
The singing from all the members of the cast was excellent, but especially from the tenor who plays the role of the Prince who falls in love with Cenerentola. He sounded like a tenor from the old school, like the great tenors like Caruso and Pavorotti.. The staging was good, but wasn't the part of the production that shined the most. The thins that made the opera good were th acting, comic timing, and the singing. The staging was adequate, but unspectacular. I had gotten to expect the spectacular form the Met Opera.
I would strongly recommend it; both for adults and children.
Written May 12, 2009
What a wonderful production! I loved the acting, especially the comic interplay of the two sisters. Cinderella was very beautiful, kind and had a lovely voice. At first I was shocked that the prince was short, chubby and black but then I thought about my own marriage. I'm also taller, much older, was divorced and much heavier than my dear husband and our marriage has lasted almost 40 years!!