[If only the Prince Charmings of the fairy tales had looked like this when I was a kid… Alice Coote as Le Prince Charmant in Massenet’s “Cendrillon”, London 2011. – Photo Credit: Bill Cooper/ROH]
From Orlovsky to Prince Charming, tail coats remain a classic of the White Shirt Repertory. And how often do you get a mezzo and another mezzo (in admittedly soprano-ish range, but von Stade did it, too, so there) as the happy fairly tale couple? “Cendrillon” is a gem for many other reasons, too, but this one always makes me smile.
Those who missed Saturday’s live broadcast from London due to soccer world cup obligations can still listen in and replay the event on BBC iPlayer for five more days.