6 July 2011 at 5.22pm
It was a very magical evening in the opera house last night as Laurent Pelly's production of Massenet's Cendrillon (until 16 July 2011) made its debut to a packed auditorium. Bewitching set designs by Barbara de Limburg and costumes by Laurent Pelly and Jean-Jacques Delmotte charmed the crowds with their wit and ingenuity.
On stage Joyce DiDonato was full of radiance and sincerity as Cendrillon, to Alice Coote's love-struck prince. Both were watched over by the gloriously glamorous Fairy Godmother Eglise Gutiérrez. Bertrand de Billy conducted Massenet's delightfully tuneful score.
Brief roundup of what the papers are saying
I confess a special love for Massenet's pretty melodising and chameleonic orchestration.
David Nice at The Arts Desk
Christmas comes earlier every year these days and the Royal Opera is ahead of the game, bringing us Cinders and Prince Charming as a toothsome end-of-season offering.
Barry Millington at The Evening Standard
not short of star performances
Simon Thomas at The Stage
Long neglected, Cendrillon is getting its first performances at the Royal Opera House.
Richard Fairman at The Financial Times
Massenet’s version of it – staged here for the first time at the Royal Opera House – is all about seeking to inhabit that magical place on the threshold of dreams where things are too good to be true – until they are not.
Edward Seckerson at The Independent