by Willard Manus
Opera continues its exciting 2021-22 season with the holiday attraction,
CINDERELLA (LA CENERENTOLA), Rossinis comic masterpiece, conducted
by Roberto Abbado. Performances are Nov. 20-Dec. 12 at the Dorothy Chandler
In CINDERELLA true love conquers all-even a pompous stepfather and
two wicked stepsisters. Fast-rising operatic royalty Serena Malfi and
Levy Sekgapane star as the fairytale lovers, backed by Ildebrando DArcangelo
as the matchmaker and Alessandro Corbelli as the stepfather who tries
to foil the happy ending.
CINDERELLA comes on the heels of the recent productions of Verdis
Il Trovatore and Wagners Tannhauser, both
of which deserve high praise. Il Trovatore was notable for
its vocal achievements, led by Guanqun Yu as Leonora, the love interest
of both Manrico, the Troubador (Limmie Pulliam), and the Count (Vladimir
Stoyanov). All three sang robustly, as did Morris Robinson (as the Captain
of the Guard) and Tiffany Townsend (as Leonoras suffering servant.)
Tannhauser was particularly noteworthy for James Conlons
conducting and the performance of heldentenor, Issach Savage. His work
and Conlons orchestral wizardry made the struggle between sin and
salvation come alive in the Music Center in a vibrant and thrilling way.
will live-stream two performances of CINDERELLA, for audience members
who are unable to catch the opera in person or prefer to watch from home.
The dates are Nov. 28 at noon, Dec. 1 at 7.30pm. There is a $30 access
Call 213-972-8001 or visit laopera.org.