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What you thought of: Cendrillon (Cinderella)

Read a selection of press reviews and audience reactions for Cendrillon (Cinderella).

The curtain has now gone up on Massenet’s glittering Cinderella story, Cendrillon.

The original production was conceived and directed for the Glyndebourne Tour by Fiona Shaw and is being revived and directed for Festival 2019 by Fiona Dunn.

Read what the critics and audience had to say about the production.

Cendrillon (Cinderella) – audience reaction

Audience Reaction

‘Triumph of a first night. Idiomatic, wonderful tempi, melodic sweep and two magical lead performances. Glyndebourne at its best – bravo!’

– Audience member

‘Very impressive and the staging, setting, singing and overall production were memorable. Music was sublime.’

– Audience member

‘Our absolute favourite opera we’ve seen so far at Glyndebourne. Loved it!’

– Audience member

‘Visually stunning and such glorious soloists’

– Audience member

‘Danielle de niese and Kate Lindsey 😍… What a magical combo👍❤️’

– Instagram comment

‘I thought it was wonderful.’

– Instagram comment

What the critics are saying

‘…an intoxicating mix of fantasy and reality, memory and dreams as vocal lines soar and visions of love shimmer tantalisingly’

–  The Times

‘the London Philharmonic orchestra under John Wilson made sure the action zipped along.’

–  Daily Telegraph

‘Lindsey’s voice is full of colour and feeling, and she acts with convincing dignity.’

–  Evening Standard

‘There’s musical glitter too, Nina Minasyan truly dazzling as the Fairy Godmother with pinpoint stratospheric coloratura.’

–  Bachtrack

‘Danielle de Niese gives a clear and lyrical account of the title role. …De Niese can act, dance, seduce, she can even change into a ball gown while dancing in a suit bag—she’s got the whole act, and she dominates the stage from beginning to end.’

– The Arts Desk

‘…a Glyndebourne triumph which makes for an unusual, enchanting and thought-provoking evening.’

–  Classical Source

‘Lionel Lhote is impeccable as Cinderella’s ineffectual father, Pandolfe.’

–  The Stage

Cendrillon (Cinderella) is on stage at Festival 2019 from 8 June – 2 August

Image credits: Cendrillon (Cinderella), Festival 2019. Photos by Richard Hubert Smith.

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