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La Cenerentola (May. 9, 2009)

Composer: Gioachino Rossini
Librettist: Jacopo Ferretti

Benini; Garanča, Brownlee, Corbelli, Alberghini

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus

Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 43 min.

If ever a composer was born to set the enchanting fairy tale of Cinderella to sparkling music it was Rossini. His much put upon heroine Angelina (Elīna Garanča) has to cope not only with nasty stepsisters, but also an over-the-top, farcical father, Don Magnifico (Alessandro Corbelli). And in this version the Prince (Lawrence Brownlee) and his valet (Simone Alberghini) swap identities, which causes no end of delightful confusion. With Cesare Lievi’s delightful storybook production and Maurizio Benini’s expert conducting, it’s all as light and delicious as a marvelous musical soufflé.