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  • Actors: Kathleen Kuhlmann, Laurence Dale, Laura Zannini, Claudio Desderi, Alberto Rinaldi
  • Directors: John Vernon
  • Format: NTSC, Colour, Full Screen, HiFi Sound
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: German, Spanish, English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: CLASSICAL
  • DVD Release Date: 24 May 2004
  • Run Time: 151 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00019HP2G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 141,119 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Rossini's opera is brought to the Glyndebourne Festival Opera by John Cox, with Kathleen Kuhlmann heading the cast.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By H. A. Weedon TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 April 2012
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This 1983 Glyndebourne production of La Cenerentola is superb. Has this famous Rossini opera ever been staged and sung any better than this anywhere at any time? The hairstyles and costumes are particularly well designed and the staging is both imaginative and realistic. The scene in the maze is especially well done. In this production buffoonery is not allowed to eclipse the sinister characteristics of the stepfather and ugly sisters essential to an accurate interpretation of this classic folk tale. Cinderella forgives her stepfather and the ugly sisters, but the impression remains that they have been forced into submission and are not truly repentant. This may be a folk tale, but the depiction of each character involved is true to life and Rossini seems to have been aware of this when he fitted the words to his music. True fairy stories are tales fantasising about real life experiences, which is brought out particularly well in this production.

Both orchestration and singing are a delight. Kathleen Kuhlmann's interpretation of Cinderella is superb and perfectly matched by Laurence Dale's realistic interpretation of Ramiro. Marta Taddei and Laura Zannini get the ugly sisters just right and Claudio Desderi fitted into the role of Don Magnifico like a glove. I particularly liked Alberto Rinaldi's interpretation of Dandini and Roderick Kennedy was a firtsrate Alidoro. The chorus and crowd scenes were well staged with every extra acting their parts perfectly. One can only wonder where all these great singers are now almost 30 years on from this inspiring Glyndebourne production. Both Chaucer and Shakespeare valued folk tales and maybe more people than is realised like them too. I know I do, especially when they're staged and sung as well as in this wonderful production, which makes me so happy that I own a copy of it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BoskoG on 27 July 2012
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A 1983 production with great team work from the cast.

Picture quality 3 - 'old look' film quality. 4-3 aspect ratio.
Sound quality 3 - wide spread stereo. Very noticeable on headphones.
Sets 5 - a small stage but very impressive sets. Don Magnifico's house, wine cellar, maze, Don Ramiro's palace, coach traveling through the country side, storm and wedding scene.
Music making (orchestra) 5
Direction (camera work) 5
Singing/acting 4/4 - Magnifico 5/5, Cenerentola 5/5, Clorinda 4/4, Thisbe 4/4, Alidoro 4/3, Ramiro 3/3 and Dandini 5/5.
Costumes 5 - 17th century English 'Cavalier' style.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Hollands on 17 April 2012
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A fairy tale book production that stands the test of time. Beautiful costumes and stylish sets with superb soloists and chorus. Vintage Glyndebourne.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Irresistible Rossini 2 July 2007
By E. A. Lovitt - Published on
Format: DVD
When my video tape version of this 1983 Glyndebourne production wore out, I immediately bought the DVD. I didn't want to be without this jewel-box of a Rossini, even though it must be admitted that the step-sisters had to wear false noses in order to make themselves uglier than Cenerentola.

In this production, Clorinda (Marta Taddei) and Tisbe (Laura Zannini) weren't overplayed for cheap laughs, as is usually the case. Mezzo-soprano, Kathleen Kuhlmann kept her mugging to a minimum and was in mellow voice throughout. However, it was the men who really stole the show, especially Alberto Rinaldi as Dandini, the valet-disguised-as-a-prince, who was made up as a dead-ringer for Charles I of England. Rossini's original staging may have been an imaginary Italianate kingdom, but this production takes place in dashing, Cavalier England. The scene where Dandini, disguised as Prince Ramiro, prances into Don Magnifico's run-down castle, complete with horse, hounds, and courtiers, and sings of himself as a bee among the flowers (i.e. the ugly stepsisters) is a comic masterpiece. I had to own the DVD just for this aria ("They look just like their father!")

According to Alan Kendall's "Gioacchino Rossini: The Reluctant Hero," the librettist, Jacopo Ferretti had to substitute a bracelet for Cinderella's slipper in order to keep the Vatican censors from catching a glimpse of forbidden feminine ankle on stage. A windy philosopher is substituted for the charming fairy godmother of Charles Perrault's fairy-tale, and the wicked stepmother is transformed into a bombastic stepfather with a gargantuan appetite for wine, grandchildren, and Italian ices. Otherwise, the libretto will seem very familiar to those of us who have seen the Disney "Cinderella."

For sheer Rossinian comic exuberance, this is the DVD to own, and although no individual voice stands out, the cast sounds well together and the ensembles are lively and completely irresistible. American, Kuhlmann is a good-hearted Cenerentola who saves her coloratura fireworks (borrowed from Count Almaviva's cabaletta at the end of "Il Barbiere di Siviglia") for the finale. Laurence Dale is her dashing prince, disguised as a valet through most of the opera. Roderick Kennedy is an imposing tutor who goes around giving everybody good advice rather in the style of Hamlet's Polonius, although no one bothers to stab him, since this is a comic opera. (His big aria, "Vastro teatro è il mondo" oddly enough, was not composed by Rossini.) Claudio Desderi (Don Magnifico) and Alberto Rinaldi (Dandini) are hysterical, especially in their scene together when Dandini reveals his true identity. There is even a trademark Rossinian storm scene performed as a witty pantomime.

Unless you are searching for that one big voice, this Glyndebourne production has everything a Rossini fan could desire.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Good effort, a bit lacking in the vocal department 21 Jun. 2004
By Bernal Jimenez - Published on
Format: DVD
This Glyndebourne performance unfortunately suffers from having very stiff competition on DVD. It does rank below the Houston production featuring Bartoli's vocal fireworks, and the delightful Salzburg performance starring Ann Murray. I suspect devout Rossinians like myself will still want to check it out.
Kathleen Kuhlmann as Angelina displays a warm and attractive mezzo in the middle and bottom of her voice. The top, however, almost always thins out, losing color. The same problem afflicts tenor Laurence Dale. Claudio Desderi, the best actor, provides a funny and well-sung Magnifico, though he has a tendency to bark out his highest notes. The best singing comes from Alberto Rinaldi as Dandini and Roderick Kennedy as Alidoro. The coloratura from all involved is above reproach but it certainly doesn't reach the level we're used to today from the likes of Bartoli, Kasarova, Florez, and others. I think the word "provincial" is over-used but it's the first one that comes to mind when trying to describe the conducting of Donato Renzetti and the playing of his orchestra. I've heard provincial and this is not quite it, but it dangerously approaches it.
The production is quite entertaining and amusing. Staging and costumes are traditional, no tinkering with time and place. I found the sets quite lovely. Just what you'd want to see in a small creative theater like this one. I particularly liked the garden labyrith set at the end of Act I, and the "storm scene" in Act II (which they move up a bit from its original place in the score).
The early-eighties boxed audio sounds more dated than usual, and distortion is likely to occur if you turn the volume up. Video quality is what you'd expect from the time: as good as it gets on DVD considering the source.
All in all, an enjoyable performance in spite of its short-comings. Not a first-choice Cenerentola, true, but not one to be ignored either.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A Very Special CENERENTOLA 29 Dec. 2009
By M. De Sapio - Published on
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If you're looking for a CENERENTOLA with substance, this is it. Briefly, a list of what you will not see here: giant rats, giant wedding cakes, flying donkeys, angels, overdone slapstick, references to Rene Magritte, or any of the other "cute" gimmicks of other recent productions of this opera. What you will see: a handsome, historically appropriate staging which places the opera squarely where it belongs, in the age of Lord Byron and Jane Austen (like Austen's novels, the opera deals with social advancement through marriage). In the hands of director Peter Hall, the opera is not a fairy tale but a human drama. What he has created is a thoughtful, elegant production that is more than a little "English" in feel; even the English subtitles are literate.

That there are no verifiable "stars" in the cast is of no consequence; the musical values of this production couldn't be higher. Ruxandra Donose's Angelina is a woman of spunk and spirit, not at all meek or submissive. Her sad little song in the first scene seems like an attempt at one-upmanship towards her stepsisters; by opera's end, Donose is spouting her coloratura with total ease and no hint of the aspiration we sometimes hear in this sort of vocal writing. The plainness and modesty of Donose's bearing makes Angelina's transformation into a princess all the more wonderful to behold. Maxim Mironov, the Don Ramiro, is a true Rossini tenor - light, sweet, and agile, able to etch his coloratura with exactitude. His one weak point is a lack of authority or true anger in his denouncing of Angelina's family in the Second Act Sextet; Mironov is a boyish and not very imposing presence. Simone Alberghini, looking like a suitor in a Jane Austen novel, is so charming and debonair a Dandini that for once one can understand the passions at stake as the stepsisters vie for him. A true dark bass-baritone, he is ideal for the role in looks and gesture, and he brings depth to the role: one senses Dandini's bitterness at being rejected by Angelina in favor of Ramiro and at having finally to "unmask" himself as the valet. Nathan Berg plays the prince's mentor Alidoro (here presented as an Enlightenment-like philosophe) as a man possessed by a moral message; possessed of a velvety bass voice with spectacular coloratura, Berg delivers his aria like a wild-eyed prophet. Among the stepsisters, Lucia Cirillo stands out for her believable, well-acted (and non-ugly) Tisbe. My least favorite member of the cast is Luciano di Pasquale, the Don Magnifico. Fully behind Peter Hall's concept, di Pasquale creates an uncouth, loutish, even repulsive character (and spits out his patter to percussive effect). But like Ebeneezer Scrooge, Don Magnifico needs some endearing quality to make the final reconciliation believable, and this di Pasquale does not provide. Di Pasquale has quite a lovely bass voice, but at times he uses it like a bulldozer.

If you're used to hearing CENERENTOLA's orchestral score rendered as pretty wallpaper music, then brace yourself for Vladimir Jurowski's assertive and dramatic interpretation. The sounds which emanate from the London Symphony on this occasion are reminiscent of the best period-instrument orchestras, partly due to their use of just intonation and valveless brass instruments, which add a certain bright abraisiveness. The orchestra is an unapologetic participant in the opera, and Jurowski gets every bit of "meat" from the score. (And the fortepiano's comic "asides" in the recitatives are a delight.)

CENERENTOLA has several classic Rossinian "confusion ensembles", and Peter Hall's staging of them is apt, keeping in mind the doom and panic which the text portends: characters crawl, weave, "swim" in slow motion, or simply sink to the ground in despair. And I liked that this production leaves no doubt that there is a whole bevy of guests at the Prince's ball, not just the Don and his stepdaughters.

In short, this is a brilliant CENERENTOLA - full of wit, intelligence, and musical excellence. Viewers wanting an "all-star" cast will probably look elsewhere; for a dead-on interpretation of the opera's spirit, this is the version to own.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
No big name performers; still five stars 7 July 2009
By Toni Bernhard - Published on
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This Glyndebourne Opera production from 2005 is one of the best opera DVDs I own. I was surprised that there was not a single performer who was familiar to me. Perhaps the members of the cast specialize in Rossini, such is their mastery of his music. Everyone excels, making this production a complete delight. In addition, the directing is crisp, the costumes and sets look great on an HDTV. A splendid production all around.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Great DVD with Beautiful singing!! 27 Dec. 2004
By Cozene Watson - Published on
Format: DVD
Kathleen Kuhlmann was great in the title role of La Cenerentola!!

Her singing and her ability was absolutely fantastic!! The music was amazing!! I enjoyed this DVD very much. If you are a huge opera fan, you should get this DVD, because it's terrific!!

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