The 2017/2018 season of transmissions from the Metropolitan Opera will end on April 28 with Jules Massenet's Cinderella. The opera will be broadcast live in HD to the Praha Cinema in Warsaw at 6.35 p.m.
Someone has counted that there are about 700 versions of the story about an orphan girl oppressed by her stepmother and bad sisters. The most popular on the European land, of course, is the fairy tale of Charles Perrault from the volume The Tales of Mother Goose. Later works for children were created on this theme, as well as Cinderella ballet by Prokofiev and operas, including those by Rossini and Massenet. This last work had its premiere in 1899 at the Opéra-Comique in Paris. It was a great success – it was played over 50 times only in the first season of the presentation.
In the staging of Laurent Pelly, the poetic story of a poor girl gained a fancy set design and was transferred to the world of children's books. The star of the MET performance will be American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato. Alice Coote as the Prince of Fairy Tales, Stephanie Blythe as an evil stepmother and Laurent Naouri as the father of Cinderella will join her on the stage. The fairy will be Kathleen Kim. Conducts Bertrand de Billy.
The end of the current season of live shows does not mean parting with the New York scene until October. Before the next season begins, viewers around the world could watch the summer-autumn replays of the most valuable MET shows from past years. MET decided to dedicate two of them to the memory of the recently deceased baritone Dmitry Hvorostovsky. The repertoire will include Eugeniusz Oniegin by Piotr Czajkowski (2007) and Il Trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi (2015).
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