This season of matinee broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera concludes on Classical 90.5 at 10:00 a.m. this Saturday, May 10th, with a performance of La Cenerentola by Gioachino Rossini. The Italian libretto is by Jacopo Ferretti, based on the fairy tale Cendrillon by Charles Perrault. The broadcast will run approximately three hours and forty minutes.
Rossini's warmhearted retelling of the Cinderella story is a delightfully romantic comedy. In her impoverished stepfather's castle, a kindhearted girl dreams of escaping the tyranny of her vain stepsisters. When the prince announces that he will choose his bride at a glamorous ball, she seizes the opportunity to take control of her own destiny.
A peerless pair of Rossini virtuosi join forces in this performance of La Cenerentola. It's a vocal tour de force for mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, singing her first Met performances of the Cinderella title role, and the high-flying tenor Juan Diego Florez, as her prince charming. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads the effervescent score.