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La Cenerentola (1983)

| Fantasy, Music, Romance | TV Movie
When Prince Ramiro and Cenerentola meet, it is love at first sight.

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Kathleen Kuhlmann ...
La Cenerentola, Angelina
Marta Taddei ...
Clorinda
Laura Zannini ...
Tisbe
Claudio Desderi ...
Don Magnifico
Laurence Dale ...
Don Ramiro
Alberto Rinaldi ...
Dandini
Roderick Kennedy ...
Alidoro
The Glyndebourne Chorus ...
Chorus
London Philharmonic Orchestra ...
Themselves - Orchestra (as The London Philharmonic)
Jean Mallandaine ...
Himself - Harpsichord Continuo
Donato Renzetti ...
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Prince Ramiro, who is searching for a Princess, has changed places with his valet, Dandini - the better to discover the true nature of the ladies' hearts. When the Prince meets Cenerentola, there is instant attraction between them and they fall in love - while Cenerentola's stepsisters fawn over the fake prince (Dandini). Later, Alidoro, the Philosopher, takes Cenerentola (dressed in magnificent clothing) to the palace, where she enchants everyone with her beauty. Dandini (still posing as the prince) is smitten, and he tries to talk of love to Cenerentola, but she stops him, saying that she is in love with his 'valet'. Prince Ramiro (who has overheard this comment) is overjoyed, and immediately proposes to her, but she says that he must first seek her out - and then, if he still felt the same way about her, she would marry him. He says that he will follow her, but Cenerentola says he is not to do that. She gives him a bracelet, telling him to look for a matching bracelet on her right ... Written by David McAnally <D.McAnally@uq.net.au>

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My third favourite Cenerentola on DVD
11 September 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

My first choice is the Ponnelle film with Federica Von Stade, and my second the Cecilia Bartoli and Alessandro Corbelli. The Ann Murray performance is also splendid. For me though the Elina Garanca Met and Juan Diego Florez/Joyce DiDonato productions are just a little above serviceable with great singing but questionable staging. This Cenerentola is wonderful, and my third favourite after Ponnelle's Bartoli's. The opera I love, when I first saw it I did find the story hard to follow but after many more times of watching I see it for the charming fun and musically delightful opera it essentially is. Back to this production, it is traditional and very sumptuous. Musically, it is energetic and sparkling , certainly having a Rossinian feel, the orchestral playing is delicate and buoyant and I loved the brisk tempos and elegant phrasing the conducting showed. The comic business is a treat, the bright spots being when Dandini prances into the castle with horse, hounds and even courtiers and sings of the bee among the flowers and when Dandini reveals his true identity to Magnifico. Both those scenes are comic masterpieces. I also loved how the step-sisters were not over-played, a tendency with productions of La Cenerentola. The performances are great. Kathleen Kuhlmann is suitably melancholic in her first scene and is charming and spirited later on. She has a lovely voice and handles the colouratura fireworks at the end brilliantly. Laurence Dale is a dashing Prince Ramiro, and Roderick Kennedy's Alidoro is both imposing and noble. Claudio Desderi has a tendency to bark at times, but otherwise sings with firmness and agility and his comic timing as always is superb, making Don Magnifico menacing and hilarious in equal measure. The shining jewel of the production for me was Alberto Rinaldi's brilliant Dandini, hysterically funny- which was mainly why the two aforementioned scenes were as good as they were- and beautifully sung. In conclusion, a funny and magical production. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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