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10 Essential Cendrillon Clips to Enjoy (At Home)

We hope you made it home before the clock struck midnight after watching last night's scintillating Met stream of Cendrillon, directed by Laurent Pelly. Here are our ten essentials clips from Massenet's Cinderella story.

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Joyce DiDonato in the title role of Laurent Pelly's production of Cendrillon at the Metropolitan Opera.


10. Thomas Beecham conducts the opera’s waltz. —HS 


9. I've always loved the ballet entrées in Cendrillon and Le Florentine is the tune that I always seem to walk out of the opera house humming. Sir Neville Marriner and Academy of St Martin in the Fields give it undeniable joie de vivre.—AW 



8. Ballerina Alina Cojocaru dances Frederick Ashton’s choreography for Cinderella in Act I of the Prokofiev ballet at Covent Garden, 2003. —FPD 


7. Frederica Von Stade (in her stage debut) and Britt Marie Aruhn sparkle in this 1982 staging from Brussels. See Nos. 1 and 2 for more Von Stade. —EG  


6. Anzhelika Minasova sings Cendrillon’s aria after the ball in a 2017 concert from the Mariinsky Concert Hall, conducted by Mikhail Sinkevich. —FPD 


5. Marilyn Horne, Frederica von Stade and Reri Grist all sound marvelous in this live recording of Massenet's opera from 1973. —AW



4. Marianne Crebassa sings a beautifully longing “Allez, laissez-moi seul... Coeur sans amour, printemps sans roses.” —EG 


3. Patricia Petibon sings l’air de la fée with impeccable technique. —HS 


2. The ever-enchanting Frederica von Stade seems truly touched by fairy dust in this sparkling rendition of “Enfin, je suis ici” under the stylish baton of Julius Rudel. —LTG  


1. Von Stade again, with Louis Quilico, offer an elegant and touching reading of the Cendrillon–Pandolphe duet. —LTG 

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