Friday, December 30, 2011

Cinderella for the people!

Laurent Pelly knows how to make the festive shows fly -- fun, witty, fast... and it is not surprising that his productions are celebrated at this time of the year.

The Lyon Opera reran this month his highly entertaining production of La Vie parisienne, and was once again met a great success with the crowd in Lyon (that show is available on DVD.)

I told you the other day that his terrific staging of Hänsel und Gretel from Glyndebourne is this week available for free viewing on The Guardian website.

Starting from today, and for the next few weeks, also his Cendrillon [by J. Massenet] can be seen for free on the website of La Monnaie/De Munt. This should be entertaining for children.
Alain Altinoglu, always strong in the French repertoire, conducts and the cast includes Rinat Shaham, Sophie Marilley, Eglise Gutierrez, Angélique Noldus, Nora Gubisch, Ilse Eerens, Lionel Lhote...
You can read a review by the fellow blogger NPW who saw the second show at La Monnaie.



  1. I am enjoying the Cendrillon, IMMENSELY! I watched the Hansel and Gretel and now am getting kind of a kick out of clips from Giulio Cesare. I think I am becoming a fan. Funny thing, I did not really care for the La Fille or his La Traviata at Santa Fe (except for the costume design). But that H&G was fantastic. Thanks so much and Happy New Year!

  2. the hansel and gretel seems a nice production:)

  3. Hey Schmup53! Pelly has talent for this kind of shows. His L'elisir d'amore is well done too, but his productions of operas by Offenbach were particularly appreciated. Like with anyone else, once you get to the pattern of the gags that propagate from show to show, it becomes predictable, but it is always well done. With more serious operas, such as Pelléas et Mélisande or La Traviata, he evidently struggles.
    I very much liked his ground idea of Giulio Cesare -- many people didn't, but I believe they simply didn't understand it. Anyways, glad you liked Hänsel & Cendrillon. Very Happy New Year to you too! ;)

    Hi Anonymous: both are very lively and enjoyable shows. Cheers