Isabel Leonard stars in the title role of Laurent Pelly’s whimsical production
Earlier this month, the Metropolitan Opera premiered a new installment in its series of abridged, English-language opera adaptations for family audiences: Massenet’s Cinderella. And on New Year’s Day 2022, the opera will be presented live from the Met stage to cinemas across the United States via Fathom Event’s Digital Broadcast Network (DBN). Laurent Pelly‘s whimsical storybook staging of Cendrillon, which first premiered at the Met in the 2017–18 season, is presented in a 90-minute abridged version with an English translation by librettist and dramaturg Kelley Rourke. Conductor Emmanuel Villaume leads Massenet’s elegant music from the podium, with mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard starring in the title role and mezzo-soprano Emily D’Angelo as Prince Charming. The cast also features soprano Jessica Pratt as the Fairy Godmother, with mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe as Madame de la Haltière and bass-baritone Laurent Naouri as Pandolfe, Cinderella’s feuding guardians. Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo hosts the live cinema transmission.
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“A boldly stylized staging … elegantly rendered … the production is a delight.” —The New York Times
THE STARS OF CINDERELLA
Emmanuel Villaume, conductor; Hometown: Strasbourg, France
Isabel Leonard, Cinderella (mezzo-soprano); Hometown: New York, New York
Emily D’Angelo, Prince Charming (mezzo-soprano); Hometown: Toronto, Canada
Jessica Pratt, Fairy Godmother (soprano); Hometown: Bristol, United Kingdom
Stephanie Blythe, Madame de la Haltière (mezzo-soprano); Hometown: Mongaup Valley, New York
Laurent Naouri, Pandolfe (bass-baritone); Hometown: Paris, France
New, family-friendly adaptation of Massenet’s Cinderella appears live in cinemas on January 1, 2022
SOURCE Fathom Events
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