May 02, 2014

Joyce DiDonato's Cinderella at the Met to be screened live in cinemas

The American mezzo stars alongside Juan Diego Flórez in the New York Metropolitan Opera's Live in HD series 10 May.

From the Midwest’s Prairie Village to the stages of La Scala, Covent Garden and The Met, rising above the assessment of a vocal competition that once told her “we don’t think you have anything to offer as an artist”, Joyce DiDonato’s journey is something of a Cinderella story.

Now the American mezzo-soprano is the star of La Cenerentola at the New York Metropolitan Opera in her role debut for that house. And she couldn’t do much better than tenor Juan Diego Flórez for a Prince Charming.

“The Metropolitan Opera has a dazzling, plucky and endearingly poignant Cinderella in the superb American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato,” said The New York Times of her performances in this effervescent Cesare Lievi production.

You can see for yourself in the May 10 matinee performance, in cinemas as part of the Met’s Live in HD series, which reaches more than 2,000 theatres in 66 countries around the world. Find a session near you.

The high-definition filmed opera will soon be available on DVD from Warner Classics. In the meantime, sample DiDonato's Rossini on her album Colbran, The Muse or listen to her sing the Cenerentola aria Nacqui all'affanno on her crowd-sourced Best Of, reJOYCE!.