Glyndebourne - Cenerentola
MICHAEL DRAKE Norwich Theatre Royal
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This tale of social justice (and injustice) is a revival of Sir Peter Hall's Glyndebourne Festival production, and its sub-title of 'Goodness Triumphant' proved its point well last evening.
It is one of Rossini's greatest pieces and the GTO Orchestra, conducted by Edward Gardener, gave the music full measure.
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Cinderella (Cenerentola) and Angelina in this dramma giocoso is quite magnificent and one would go a long way to hear the performance bettered - her coloratura seemingly effortless and her one pleasure seems to be to sing - to her stepsister's vocal and physical annoyance.
Their father Don Magnifico is a pretty rundown Baron but a strong character and 'hate figure' for the handsome Prince and Valet (disguised as each other) - the former a rather light tenor and not always matched, the latter revelling in his centre stage part.
- 1 Widow fighting for wedding refund
- 2 Hollywood actors use Norwich hair salon
- 3 Garden centre launches outdoor eating with wood-fired pizza and waffles
- 4 MPs join the call to suspend gallbladder surgeon
- 5 Police break up house party with 28 people crammed into flat
- 6 Popular railway will 'cease to exist' as soon as this year
- 7 Norwich shop worker beaten with hammer in row over phone refund
- 8 A47 opens 18 hours after HGV overturns in crash with car
- 9 Tributes to high street mechanic known as a 'local legend'
- 10 Mother still 'grieving' for son who suffered life-changing brain injuries in crash
The man who rights the wrongs, philosopher Alidoro, is always authoritative and there is never a dull or weak moment in the singing - the quintet at the end of the first act was quite outstanding.
Hildegard Bechtler's sets include a realistic castle interior and there are dramatic lighting sequences, too. There is humour as well - most of it cynical, to say the least.