[ Deutsche Grammophon DVD / 2 DVD ]
Release Date: Friday 12 December 2014
Suitable for General Audiences
G : - Elina Garanca builds on the success of her previous album, Bel Canto, incarnating the bel canto title role heroine, Cinderella, in Rossini's touching and hilarious comic masterpiece, La Cenerentola.
This new DVD was recorded live at the Metropolitan Opera during one of the fabled theatre's greatest nights in 2009.
Maurizio Benini waves a magic wand of a baton, eliciting effervescent, transparent, shining sound from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus. Piquant visuals and superb acting by the entire cast make this a DVD opera lovers will watch again and again
The Philadelphia Inquirer lauded: "Mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca was a sensation at the Metropolitan Opera's spring simulcast of La Cenerentola with her vocal virtuosity, intensely blond glamour, and acting ability…"
Backstage at the Met: Thomas Hampson interviews…
-Simone Alberghini, Alessandro Corbelli, Lawrence Brownlee and John Relyea
"Garanca is something special. The voice, pure, warm, ample in power and range, she has achieved a mastery in Rossini's florid style, using no quick fixes...Benini's conducting is sure in its feeling for wit and elegance, and the orchestra respond." Gramophone Magazine, May 2010
"And what singing! Wonderful smoky tone, properly mezzo, and dazzling decoration in her closing aria 'Nacqui all'affanno" (BBC Music)