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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this disc!
One of the great comic operas of all time gets a wonderful performance from the Met. Although I have a couple of reservations it would be churlish not to award it 5 stars. The two ugly sisters are wonderfully horrible and Dandini, (also sung by the same actor on the competitive Glyndebourne disc), and Aldiro are superb. As Cinderella the Latvian mezzo soprano Elina...
Published 18 months ago by John Chandler

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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Blueray version returned and dvd replacement requested
Published 4 months ago by Mr. John J. Doherty


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this disc!, 28 May 2013
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John Chandler (Melbourne, Australia) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: La Cenerentola: Metropolitan Opera (Benini) [Blu-ray] [2013] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
One of the great comic operas of all time gets a wonderful performance from the Met. Although I have a couple of reservations it would be churlish not to award it 5 stars. The two ugly sisters are wonderfully horrible and Dandini, (also sung by the same actor on the competitive Glyndebourne disc), and Aldiro are superb. As Cinderella the Latvian mezzo soprano Elina Garanca is not just unbelievably lovely she sings as well as she looks. As Don Magnifico the everlasting Corbelli struts his stuff, surely one of the great buffo singers of our time, but here I have one of my reservations: The sets and costumes have been updated to early 20th century Italy and Magnifico and Dandini lose their wonderfully bizarre outfits that both roles make such skilful use of to up the comedy. See Corbelli and Enzo Dara in the Houston Grand Opera production to see what I mean. Unfortunately this performance is only available on DVD and the picture can not compete with Blu-ray. The brilliant young American tenor, Lawrence Brownlee, as the Prince sings quite wonderfully but has difficulty to look the part.
The picture quality is better than usual for the Met but it is still not as sharp as the Opus Arte disc. The bit rate is on average 20-30% lower and it shows. Why the Met Blu-rays are almost all like this is a mystery but if they could invest in some better cameras it would make a big difference. I did not care for the sets very much but some of the special effects were hilarious. All in all this is a wonderful disc and despite my reservations and especially at current prices it is a bargain not to be missed. Buy it NOW!
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars La Cenerentola, 12 Jun 2013
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This review is from: La Cenerentola: Metropolitan Opera (Benini) [Blu-ray] [2013] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
Excellent performance by all cast but specially Elena Galanca.
She has a nice voice to look at. I have enjoyed it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star, 13 July 2014
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This review is from: La Cenerentola: Metropolitan Opera (Benini) [Blu-ray] [2013] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
Blueray version returned and dvd replacement requested
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