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Massenet Cendrillon [DVD] [2012] [NTSC]

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  • Format: Classical, Colour, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: PLG UK Classics
  • DVD Release Date: 7 May 2012
  • Run Time: 147 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007CYKHIW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,296 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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With Joyce DiDonato as Cinderella capturing all hearts not just Prince Charming s Massenet s enchanting, sophisticated retelling of the classic fairytale makes its debut at Covent Garden in a charming and witty production by Laurent Pelly.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I. Zaneres on 24 Jan. 2013
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I am a confirmed Massanet fan, I love the way his orchestra rather than leading, or even supporting his singers reflects their moods. This is as good as any.
The casting, well I was also influenced in the purchase by Joyce Di Donato, she has a full rounded range, never gets a metallic edge to her high notes which can jar, she is close to my idea of perfection.
The casting of Alice Coote as the prince is a gem, Alice makes for a lovely chap, and is more credible than some trouser role mazzos that I heard.
The bonuses started to flow, I have not heard of Eglise Gutierrez, but I shall listen and look out for her again, a well rounded soprano, and I do mean in voice, she could be my fairy godmother any time. I had not heard of Ewa Podles either, she is magnificent in voice and presence and hams her way through the role with just the right degree of humour. The two stepsisters play up delightfully, with fine voices, which are not heavily excercised. Other singing minor roles are as good as one would expect.
You may have noticed that I have sidestepped Jean-Phillipe Lafont, whilst I find his characerisation absolutely fine, his wavering voice is not quite to my liking, but I can get by with it.
The staging is modern and unrealistic, with inscribed screens, which I was not distracted enough to translate, characters and props pop out from doors in them, and it suprisingly works very well.
Costumes are exotic for the posh characters, and suitably drab for the servants, the fashion designers had a field day with outlandish designs, very amusing.
I think that I have gushed enough about the production, on disc one there are some cast interviews, oh, and the leaflet is sparce on information, other than casting.
You can find out who the radio mike engineer is, amongst other technicians and backroom boys and girls.
Enjoy.
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By H. A. Weedon TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Jun. 2014
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This 2011 Royal Opera House production of Cendrillon is of the best. However, for several reasons, that doesn't mean than every viewer will like it and that's probably, in the main, due to Massenet's slant on this most popular of all fairy tales, of which there are several versions from different parts of Europe. One variant is the status and attitude of Cinderella's father, who is sometimes portrayed as her father wed a second time, sometimes as her step father who is sometimes also her uncle and sometimes not. In all these versions the step mother always has two not very good looking daughters who she favours above all else and relegates Cinderella to a household servant who spends a deal of time seeing to the fires and cleaning out the cinders amongst which she sleeps. Hence her name: Cinderella.

In this production the role of Cinderella (Cendrillon) is portrayed by larger than life dominant personality Joyce DiDonato. The other dominant personality in the show is Madame de la Haltiere brilliantly played and sung by Ewa Podles. The two ugly sisters don't much to do in this version of the story, except just to look silly. Pendolfe the hen-pecked father, played by Jean-Philippe Lafont, comes across as comes across as a truly henpecked, spineless character caught between the poerful charcters of his domineering wife and self-assertive daughter Cendrillon of whom one wonders how such a powerful personality could possibly have allowed herself to be dominated by the two ugly sisters for so long. Prince Charmant, a trouser role well played by Alice Coote, is yet another weak character waiting to be picked off by the powerful Cendrillon, if the equally powerful stepmother Madame de la Holtiere.
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fabulous staging of a rare opera which makes it more and more likely that Massenet goes into my favourite top 5 composers. The music for the fairy godmother is stunning and the production charming and very very funny
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Ernest H. Simon on 2 Aug. 2012
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Beautifully sung by artists I have admired for some time. However, the work is a piece of fluff, which may account for its not having been heard in a long time.
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great fun, splendid production, unique recording and very intelligently directed....
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