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Joyce DiDonato was a lovable Cinderella. She is a fine actress and an extraordinarily musical singer with a warm, lustrous mezzo voice. As Prince Charming, apprentice Jennifer Holloway sang with a distinctive sound and turned in a memorable performance. She is certainly ready to work as a professional singer. The most amazing discovery of this evening was Cuban born coloratura, Eglise Gutiérrez, who sang the role of the Fairy Godmother. Even when she sang notes far above the staff, her voice retained its beautiful colors. She was a resplendent spirit from another world as she wafted across the stage wearing a magnificent gown topped by ethereal feathers. DiDonato already has a fine career. Holloway and Gutiérrez will most likely follow in her footsteps.

Eglise Gutierrez as the Fairy Godmother. Photo © 2006 Ken Howard
Eglise Gutierrez as the Fairy Godmother. Photo © 2006 Ken Howard

The men in this opera performed well, too. Richard Stillwell was a frazzled Pandolfe while Keith Jameson and Kevin Murphy were thoroughly amusing as the Dean of the Faculty and the First Minister.

Left to right: Eglise Gutierrez (Fairy Godmother), Joyce DiDonato (Cinderella) and Jennifer Holloway (Prince Charming) plus ensemble. Photo © 2006 Ken Howard
Left to right: Eglise Gutierrez (Fairy Godmother), Joyce DiDonato (Cinderella) and Jennifer Holloway (Prince Charming) plus ensemble. Photo © 2006 Ken Howard

 

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