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Rossini's Cinderella Story, 'La Cenerentola' on PBS

Juan Diego Florez as Don Ramiro and Joyce DiDonato as Angelina in Rossini's "La Cenerentola."
Juan Diego Florez as Don Ramiro and Joyce DiDonato as Angelina in Rossini's "La Cenerentola."
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Rossini's Cinderella Story, La Cenerentola, returns to Great Performances at the Met with Bel Canto Stars Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez Sunday, September 7 at 12 noon on PBS

Joyce DiDonato sings the title role in Rossini's Cinderella story, La Cenerentola, with bel canto master Juan Diego Flórez as her dashing prince. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads a cast that also includes Pietro Spagnoli in his Met debut as the servant Dandini, Alessandro Corbelli as Cenerentola's stepfather Don Magnifico, and Luca Pisaroni as Don Ramiro's tutor, Alidoro.

Joyce DiDonato has sung Angelina at major opera houses all over the world, including La Scala, the Bavarian State Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Paris's Théâtre du Châtelet, and Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. Angelina is her eighth role at the Met. Juan Diego Flórez is one of the world's foremost Rossini tenors, currently counting 17 of the composer's tenor roles in his repertory. He made his Met debut in 2002 as Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, the same year he sang his first company performances of Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola.

The New York Times found DiDonato to be "... a dazzling, plucky and endearingly poignant Cinderella ...She sang with impish glee, dispatching virtuosic runs and turns, leaping from her chesty low register to gleaming high notes." The Financial Times observed that "Luisi, the Met's principal conductor, managed to enforce verve and style, even elegance in the pit."
Soprano Deborah Voigt hosts the broadcast.

La Cenerentola was originally seen live in movie theaters on May 10 as part of the groundbreaking The Met: Live in HD series, which transmits live performances to more than 2,000 movie theaters and performing arts centers in 66 countries around the world. The transmission reached a record-breaking 15 million viewers.

Remember Great Performances at the Met,Sunday, September 7 at 12 p.m. on PBS. (In New York, THIRTEEN will air the opera at 12:30 p.m.)