Glyndebourne - Cenerentola

MICHAEL DRAKE Norwich Theatre Royal

MICHAEL DRAKE

> Norwich Theatre Royal

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.

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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.

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