26 May 2011 at 10.49am | Comment on this article
As the nation prepares for the Royal Wedding, we couldn’t resist uploading a small posy of wedding wishes in this special photo blog celebrating all things royal and romantic. Hurrah for fairytale weddings, we say! Whoever said Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty were out of touch with real life? Here’s our pick of the top five romantic prince moments from recent and upcoming rep. We chose our princes for their grace, gallantry, and – vitally – for their ability to secure a happy ending.
Prince Charming (Cinderella)
The original and still the best. He has the perseverance to seek his true love out after she scarpers at the ball, and the good sense to pay no heed to her dirty rags when he finds her. Ashton’s sublime Cinderella is playing on stage now (until 6 May) , but you can also see the story in operatic form, as Massenet’s Cendrillon later in the Season. (And don’t forget Rossini’sCenerentola).
Prince Florimund (Sleeping Beauty)
Few can rival Florimund for sheer noblesse. He first sees Princess Aurora in a vision brought to him by the Lilac Fairy and has the resolve to follow his heart and rescue her. He hacks through the thorn bushes and wakes her with a kiss. Swoon! Sleeping Beauty is in the rep next year, so please be patient (just like the prince).
The Unknown Prince (Calaf) (Turandot)
This may seem an unlikely entry – given Turandot’s icy demeanour, but Calaf proves his princely worth by managing to keep his head in the face of adversity. Love triumphs in the final hour, when his ardour melts the ice queen’s heart. His heartfelt aria, Nessun Dorma, is proof indeed of a noble mastery of the romantic arts.
Prince Tamino (Die Zauberflöte)
Tamino must prove himself worthy of Princess Pamina’s love and learn wisdom by undergoing a series of ordeals. Mozart is at his most dazzling when writing about the adventures of falling in love, producing such tender notes as Tamino’s Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön, when first he sees Pamina’s image.
The Prince of the Pagodas
This oriental action hero helps the young and beautiful Princess Rose to return to her homeland, from which she has been cruelly expelled by a band of flying frogs. He confronts her evil sister and paves the way for her to inherit her father’s land. A true prince! He’s coming to our stage soon.
Let’s hear it for the tiara and the sparkly gown! The Royal Opera House sends all good wishes to HRH Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton for tomorrow’s nuptials.
Cue, splendiferous apotheosis and exit in clouds of gold pixie dust…