The Metropolitan Opera’s final production of the season, Rossini’s La Cenerentola, will be broadcast live in the Bay Area on Saturday morning May 10, on KDFC - the Bay Area’s listener-supported classical radio station.
Soprano Joyce DiDonato stars in the title role - this production representing her first Met performances of the Cinderella role - and prompting this comment from The New York Times: "The Metropolitan Opera has a dazzling, plucky and endearingly poignant Cinderella in the superb American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato .... She sang with impish glee, dispatching virtuosic runs and turns, leaping from her chesty low register to gleaming high notes.”
On May 23, Miss DiDonato is to receive an Honorary Doctorate of Music from the Juilliard School in New York. She will also give the commencement address to Juilliard’s graduating class, joining an esteemed list of former speakers which includes musician and composer Wynton Marsalis, actress Laura Linney, composer John Adams and playwright Terrence McNally.
In Saturday’s broadcast performance of La Cenerentola, tenor Juan Diego Flórez is Don Ramiro - Prince Charming - and his valet, Dandini, is sung by baritone Pietro Spagnoli. Alessandro Corbelli is Don Magnifico - the wicked stepfather - and Luca Pisaroni takes the role of the wise Alidoro.
Leading the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus in Rossini’s sparkling score will be Met Principal Conductor, Fabio Luisi, who - according to the Financial Times - “ ..... managed to enforce verve and style, even elegance in the pit."
Saturday’s performance will also be transmitted live in cinemas around the world as part of the Met’s Live in HD series, which now reaches more than 2,000 cinemas in 66 countries, and has resulted in more than 15 million tickets being sold to opera lovers worldwide. The transmission will be hosted by soprano Deborah Voigt.
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Details of tuning frequencies in the Bay Area can be found on www.kdfc.com, where you can also listen to a live streaming of the production at 12.55 ET.
More information on this season’s performances of La Cenerentola can be found on the Met’s website at http://www.metopera.org.
More than 500 Met performances—including dozens of Live in HD productions, classic telecasts from the 1970s, ‘80s, and ‘90s, and hundreds of radio broadcasts dating back to 1935— can be accesssed anytime on your computer and iPad with the Met’s subscription streaming service. These can be downloaded free from the following App Met Opera on Demand