About La Cenerentola
The classic fairy tale of Cinderella receives a splendid operatic interpretation in the masterful hands of Gioachino Rossini. Expect vocal fireworks from the superb mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, singing the title role at the Met for the first time, as well as tenor Juan Diego Flórez, who will be her irresistible Prince Charming. Alessandro Corbelli and Luca Pisaroni are also in the mix, and Met principal conductor Fabio Luisi will run the show.
The Metropolitan Opera was founded in 1883, making its first home in a building at 39th and Broadway before moving to Lincoln Center when construction on the new Metropolitan Opera House was finished in 1966. The company quickly established itself as a serious contender in the competitive world of international opera, early on attracting such renowned singers as Nellie Melba, Enrico Caruso, and Rosa Ponselle. Its stage has continued to attract the greatest vocal artists of subsequent generations from around the globe, including Roberta Peters, Luciano Pavarotti, Sherrill Milnes, and Plácido Domingo.
Under Met General Manager Peter Gelb’s leadership, the 2013-14 line-up includes a startling new take on Rigoletto, beloved standards ranging from I Puritani to Der Rosenkavalier, the return of Tony winner Paolo Szot in the comic and absurd The Nose, and a new work from the 21st century, Nico Muhly’s Two Boys.
Sung in Italian with Met Titles in English, German, Italian, and Spanish.
Not yet announced
Binoculars are available for a $5 rental fee at the coat check station on the South Concourse. All operas are translated by the Met Titles system, which appears on seatbacks, stanchions, and at standing room locations. Drinks and snacks are available pre-curtain and during intermission at bars on all levels. The Revlon Bar and Grand Tier Restaurant offer more substantive dining options. No food or drink is allowed in the auditorium. Photography and sound recording are forbidden. Bags, parcels, and luggage are not permitted in the theater. The doors open 45 minutes before curtain. Latecomers will not be seated until intermission, and patrons who leave the auditorium will not be readmitted until intermission.
Did you know?
Rossini and his librettist, Jacopo Ferretti, made several changes to the Cinderella story for their opera, including replacing the evil stepmother with an evil stepfather, and the glass slipper with a bracelet.
Rossini was only 25 when he wrote La Cenerentola, but he had already had a huge hit the previous year with his Barber of Seville.
Anyone who believes in happily ever after—and the transformative power of a brilliant aria—will enjoy Rossini’s take on the Cinderella story.
Good for kids?
Older children with a taste for opera might be pleased by this take on a familiar fairy story.
The Metropolitan Opera House Location Information:
Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
1 to 66th St./Lincoln Center