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The Met: Live in HD ends 2017-18 season with Cendrillon (Massenet) -transmitting live this Saturday at Carib 5

Published:Wednesday | April 25, 2018 | 12:13 AM
Alice Coote (left) as Prince Charming and Joyce DiDonato in the title role of Massenet's Cendrillon.

For the first time ever, Massenet's sumptuous interpretation of the Cinderella story comes to the Met, with Joyce DiDonato starring in the title role. She is paired with mezzo-soprano Alice Coote in the trouser role of Prince Charming, Kathleen Kim as the Fairy Godmother, and Stephanie Blythe as the imperious Madame de la Haltiere.

Bertrand de Billy conducts Laurent Pelly's imaginative storybook production. Composed by Jules Massenet (1842-1912) and created by Charles Perrault, this 1698 fairy tale is the classic telling of the Cinderella story, providing colour, romance, and relatable themes for audiences of all ages.

The opera includes many moments in which Massenet is at his best and most widely accessible, from the pageantry and glowing musical nostalgia for the French baroque in the court scenes to the otherworldliness of the love music to the wit and humour that permeate the work.

Cendrillon is the final work in The Met: Live in HD 2017-18 season and will transmit live at 11:55 a.m., this Sunday at Carib 5. The Alternative Content Programme continues with the Bolshoi Ballet's Giselle on May 13, 2018 and The National Theatre Live Yerma on May 20, 2018.