Greenbrier Valley Theatre (GVT), in partnership with The Met: Live in HD, is proud to present Jules Massenet’s updated fairy tale Cendrillon. This classic will stream live on Apr. 28 at 12:55 p.m. The production will last approximately two hours and 47 minutes with one intermission. Dr. James Caplinger from the University of Charleston will give a complimentary lecture beginning at 12:15 p.m.
Tickets are $18 for general admission, $14 for seniors and $10 for children/students. For tickets or more information, call GVT’s Box Office at 304-645-3838 or visit www.gvtheatre.org.
This reimagining of Cinderella stars Joyce DiDonato in the title role, Kathleen Kim as her Fairy Godmother, La Fee, and Alice Coote as Le Prince Charmant. Stephanie Blythe portrays her evil stepmother Madame de la Haltière and the production will be conducted by Bertrand de Billy.
“[An] utterly enchanting retelling of the Cinderella story … From the very first note she sang, [Joyce] DiDonato enthralled: she was not just a mezzo in some opera, but a human being upon whose life seemed to hang the fate of the universe. … [Stephanie Blythe offers a] scene-stealing turn as the evil stepmother … Musically about the finest thing the Met has done all season … You simply have to see it.” —New York Observer
DiDonato, who was the 2007 recipient of the Met’s Beverly Sills Artist Award, made her Met debut in 2005 as Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro. Since that time her career has grown to include roles such as the title role in Semiramide at the Bavarian State Opera, Stéphano in Roméo et Juliette and Marguerite in La Damnation de Faust in concert in Baden-Baden, along with much more. This season she can be seen in the title role in Semiramide at Covent Garden and as Sister Helen Prejean in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking.
The program is presented with financial assistance from the WV Division of Culture & History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts.