Rags to Riches
'La Cenerentola' -
'... irresistible throughout ...'
It took this opera less than ten years to tour Europe, America and reach Moscow. It swept on to become
the first opera heard in Australia, and has now burst into my computer with all the verve it launched
into the musical world almost two centuries ago. This Cinderella prefers bracelets to slippers, but long
experience amid the ashes and the taunts of her step-sisters have given her an unerring instinct about
princes charming, however they may seek to disguise themselves. The ugly sisters of Carla Di Censo and
Paola Gardina are irresistible throughout this effervescent Genoese production by Paul Curran, never
more so than when prinking themselves at the outset while bickering like a pair of malignant wasplets
[watch and listen -- DVD1 chapter 3, 8:46-9:44].
Carla Di Censo (Clorinda) and Paola Gardina (Tisbe) with Alfonso Antoniozzi (Don Magnifico). Screenshot © 2006 RAI Trade
Copyright © 26 December 2007
Robert Anderson, Cairo, Egypt