Great Performances: Season 24, Episode 12

La Cenerentola (3 Apr. 1996)

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The Prince changes places with his valet - and meets the girl of his dreams!



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Episode cast overview:
Cecilia Bartoli ...
Enzo Dara ...
Raúl Giménez ...
Don Ramiro (as Raul Gimémez)
Alessandro Corbelli ...
Michele Pertusi ...
Laura Knoop ...
Jill Grove ...
Bruno Campanella ...


The Prince of Salerno, Don Ramiro, changes places with his valet, Dandini, and then meets the girl of his dreams - Cenerentola. Meanwhile, Cenerentola's stepsisters, Clorinda and Tisbe, fawn over the fake prince (Dandini). When Cenerentola is left alone, weeping, the Philosopher, Alidoro, takes her (dressed in beautiful clothing) to the palace, where she is an immediate hit with everyone - including Dandini. Confusion reigns when the identity of the real Prince is revealed. Written by David McAnally <>

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So fun and magical
2 August 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Although I did like Rossini to begin with, with this, William Tell and especially Barber of Seville I am growing to love and appreciate him here. This La Cenerentola is truly fun and magical and even better than the splendid 1988 production with Ann Murray, Walter Berry and Gino Quillico.

The costume and set design are immaculate and I can't fault the picture quality, sound and video directing either. The music score from Rossini constantly sparkles right from the ensembles, arias and fiendishly difficult pattering(Magnifico's and Dandini's being the most difficult), and this is helped by superb orchestra playing and stylish conducting.

The story I did find initially confusing at times, but a number of scenes and coincidences are so much fun, and I personally find this production livelier than the 1988 one.

The performances are splendid. I like Cecilia Bartoli a lot, and in the title role she truly shines. She looks beautiful, acts charmingly, has a beautiful mezzo soprano registers and handles the colouratura brilliantly. Enzo Dara is hilarious in the role(like Bartolo) of Don Magnifico that is perfect for him, William Manteuzzi has an appealing voice and his Ramiro is nuanced and very musical, Mechele Petuzi is an excellent Alidoro and the step-sisters are such a delight to watch and listen to. Best of all is Alesandro Corbelli(though I prefer Gino Quillico only just) as a brilliant Dandini.

Overall, a truly fun and magical production. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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