Today's Opera: Cendrillon, by Massenet
Joyce Di Donato is Cendrillon at the Metropolitan Opera this season.
In the opera, as in Perrault’s fairytale, Cinderella has a stepmother and two step-sisters and the Fairy Godmother helps her to go the palace ball. However, after midnight, the opera takes a different turn from the fairytale: upset by the hateful suggestions of her stepmother and step-sisters, Cinderella runs away from home. Feverish, she arrives in the Fairy Godmother’s magic forest and meets the Prince once more. He recognizes the beautiful, mysterious girl from the ball and offers her his heart. Months later, when we catch up with Cinderella again, her father has convinced her that it was all a dream. But, when the Prince is travelling the length and breadth of the country to find the
owner of the glass slipper, he recognizes Cinderella and she returns his love.
Source: The Opera Platform
Music historian Jeffrey Engel will present today’s opera talk, offering historical context for the composer and the opera story. In Paris for 14 years, Mr. Engel studied cello, art history and earned diplomas in French. As a cellist he played with orchestras in France, including the Paris Opera, performed in chamber ensembles and taught in municipal conservatories. A graduate of Ithaca College, & a teacher at Northwestern Connecticut Community College, Mr. Engel brings a rich knowledge of music history to each lecture, with musical excerpts.
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