‘Aria’ coming to this classic French opera?


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Joyce DiDonato as Cendrillon and Alice Coote as Le Prince Charmant.

Steven Martz, Staff writer

A famous fairy tale will come to the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center on April 28.
The Metropolitan Opera simulcast of “Cendrillon,” or “Cinderella” in English, will start promptly at 12:55 p.m.
Doors will open at 12:30 p.m.
The total estimated run time is 2 hours and 47 minutes, with one 30-minute intermission.
This is the first performance of “Cendrillon” at the Met this season.
The opera will be sung in French with English subtitles.
The composer of this opera was Jules Massenet.
The libretto is by Henri Caïn and was based off of Charles Perrault’s 1698 version of Cinderella.
The opera follows a very similar storyline to the fairy tale everyone knows and loves.
Cinderella faces hardships throughout her life, but at the end of her story, she finds joy.
The opera has a small but highly skilled cast.
Kathleen Kim plays La Fée, or the Fairy Godmother in English, and Alice Coote plays Le Prince Charmant, or Prince Charming.
Stephanie Blythe plays Madame De La Haltiere, Laurent Naouri plays Pandolfe, and Joyce DiDonato plays Cendrillon herself.
“Cendrillon” is conducted by Bertrand de Billy.
As always, tickets are free for Mercyhurst students, $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and students of other institutions and $10 for youth.