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The costumes by director Laurent Pelly and assistant Jean-Jacques Delmotte were in keeping with the story and illustrative of how far some people will go to be fashionable. All of the young ladies being presented to the prince wore red, but every dress was totally unique and most were amusing illustrations of fashion gone awry.

From left to right: Gabriela Garcia (Cinderella's step-sister Dorothée), Judith Forst (the step-mother), Anne-Carolyn Bird (step-sister Noémie) and Richard Stilwell (Cinderella's father, Pandolfe). Photo © 2006 Ken Howard
From left to right: Gabriela Garcia (Cinderella's step-sister Dorothée), Judith Forst (the step-mother), Anne-Carolyn Bird (step-sister Noémie) and Richard Stilwell (Cinderella's father, Pandolfe). Photo © 2006 Ken Howard

Conductor Kenneth Montgomery led the orchestra in a taut rendition of the score that brought out all the nuances of Massenet's expert craftsmanship. The chorus of apprentices sang in excellent French and added greatly to the integrity of the performance, as did Laura Scozzi's charming choreography.

Joyce DiDonato (Cinderella) with Jennifer Holloway (Prince Charming) and the ensemble. Photo © 2006 Ken Howard
Joyce DiDonato (Cinderella) with Jennifer Holloway (Prince Charming) and the ensemble. Photo © 2006 Ken Howard

 

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