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Work: Cendrillon

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ComposerMassenet, Jules (1842-1912)
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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Cinders on the couch: Freudian Cendrillon at Glyndebourne

Danielle de Niese (Cendrillon) and Kate Lindsey (Prince Charming) © Richard Hubert Smith
Cinderella undergoes psychoanalysis on the Sussex Downs as Fiona Shaw's production is revived for the Glyndebourne Festival. 
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Overwrought and over-thought: Cendrillon

Alix Le Saux (Cendrillon) © Richard Hubert Smith
In her anxiety to be ‘new’, Shaw slaps a sackload of semi-comprehensible ideas onto a sort-of present day update.
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A pleasant Cendrillon première at the Metropolitan Opera

Joyce DiDonato (Cendrillon) © Ken Howard | Met Opera
Laurent Pelly’s staging provided some of the most memorable moments in this performance of Cendrillon
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Massenet's Cendrillon at RAM

Over the years, I’ve generally found performances at Royal Academy Opera to be enjoyable and straightforward. This production of Cendrillon went rather beyond that.
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Laurent Pelly's story book Cendrillon

I once heard a lecture by Gérard Mortier, then head of the Paris Opera, contrasting the twin operatic traditions starting from Monteverdi's serious and affecting dramma per musica and the lavish court entertainments of Lully. A couple of centuries on, there's no need to ask the side of the fence on which Massenet's Cendrillon falls.
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