by Dwight Casimere
Met Opera Photos: Ken Howard
Terrific singing from a stellar cast; Imaginative sets and beautiful costumes; and, of course, the music of Gioachino Rossini, makes for a not-to-be-missed presentation of the Met Live HD's "La Cenerentola" this Saturday, May 10 at 12:55pm ET. Check your local listings for theatre locations or visit metopera.org. U.S. Encore performance is Wednesday, May 14 at 6:30pm local time and the Canadian Encores take place Saturday, Jul5 at 12:pm ET, Monday, July 7 at 6:30pm local time and Wednesday, July 16, 6:30pm local time.
Scintillating Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Florez brings all of his charsima, star-power and a silver-lined voice to the role of Don Ramiro, the enchanting prince to Joyce DiDonato's ravishing portrayal of the central character in this romantic comedy. From the act one quintet "Signore Una Parola," to the climactic aria "Dolce Sperenza," the opera is filled with Bel Canto (beautiful singiing) that is the hallmark of one of the greatest opera composers of all time. Joyce DiDonato is magnetic in the title role, displaying a coloratura virtuosity that becomes more vibrant with each moment that approaches the happiness of meeting her Prince Charming. Rossini's La Cenerentola is one of the real gems of comic opera and the cast assembled for this Met Live HD production is one of the best in recent memory.