To continue with entertainment which is uplifting, Christina has brought our attention to the world of opera.
Cinderella, the much-loved bedtime favourite for many children, is the inspiration for Massenet’s Cendrillon which was staged for the first time in July 2011 at Covent Garden by The Royal Opera and was released six months later to cinemas. Although in French, the film has English subtitles.
The opera is both spectacular and moving. Directed by Laurent Pelly and supported by a brilliant cast, it draws the viewer into a fairy tale world of “Happy ever afters”, despite the obstacles. The music, conducted by Bertrand de Billy, provides the perfect accompaniment to the touching love duet of Cendrillon and her Prince who pour out their undying adoration and, for a while, one is allowed to believe that anything is possible.
Although Cendrillon is free to watch, there is an opportunity to give towards the costs of opera, dance and music. If you love opera, this YouTube performance is a must.