[Dream a little dream of me? –
Gabrielle Joyce DiDonato (Cendrillon/Lucette) and Alice Coote (Prince Charming) in Massenet’s “Cendrillon” as staged by Laurent Pelly, London/ROH 2011.]
It’s got to be the bangs, but does anyone else see the uncanny resemblance to season 1-3 “strawberry blonde” Gabrielle here? Now Xena would probably scowl at any Prince Charming comparisons, but if the shoe fits…
I recommend the DVD to anyone who can squint away the bad wig the make-up department sprung on Ms. Coote (really, ROH? REALLY?!) who could have out-dashed the entire male corps du ballet if they had only let her go onstage in her own hair. Nothing wrong with a ponytail (of righteous justice or not)!!
So just squint a little (not too much, or you’ll miss the acting, e.g. Prince Charming vs. the princesses of all the lands – prepare to snicker!) and focus on the gorgeous singing – particularly the Act 3 finale duet with its Rosenkavalier trio vibes. Perfect.
The next time you’re PMSing and out of chocolate and don’t know what rom-com to settle on and are all out of new SwanQueen fanvids, watch this one instead an sail away on a hapy, fluffy cloud of heavenly singing and just enough heartache to pull on your heartstrings the right way (check out the trailer here)
Also, how many times to do you get to see one mezzo woeing another and getting the girl in the end?!
And as a special bonus, there’s Ewa Podlés as the evil stepmother, who steals every scene she’s in (which shouldn’t come as a suprise to anyone) and hits a few low notes that make memuch more interested in Mrs. Stepmom’s phone number than in Lucette’s, but that’s a story for another post.