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By Craig Thornton

 

The last Met: Live in HD performance of the season is Rossini's sparkling Cinderella tale, "La Cenerentola," starring bel canto superstars Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez. The popular adaptation of the classic fairy tale of Cinderella will screen live from the Metropolitan Opera stage on Saturday, May 10.

"The Metropolitan Opera has a dazzling, plucky and endearingly poignant Cinderella in the superb American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, who triumphed," the New York Times said.

A peerless pair of Rossini virtuosos joins forces in "La Cenerentola." The show is a vocal tour de force for mezzo-soprano DiDonato, singing her first Met performance of the Cinderella title role, named Angelina. High-flying tenor Flórez plays her Prince Charming. Alessandro Corbelli and Luca Pisaroni complete the cast, with Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leading the effervescent score.

Rossini's "La Cenerentola" will screen live from the Metropolitan Opera stage at 12:55 p.m. on Saturday, May 10 at Potsdam's Roxy Theater. There will be an encore screening the next day, at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 11.

The opera will be performed in Italian, with English subtitles. The approximate running time is three hours, 40 minutes, including intermission.

The 2013-14 season of The Met: Live in HD is sponsored in the North Country by SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music and J.S. Cinemas.

All productions will be shown live worldwide on Saturdays. There will also be encore presentations offered on Sundays locally. Doors open a half-hour before show time, and there is immediate seating for advance ticket holders.

In The Met: Live in HD, robotic cameras, strategically placed around and behind the stage, capture the beauty and power of live performance from striking angles, and heighten attention to both performance and production. Intermission features and English subtitles bring the stories to life.

Tickets prices are the lowest available in the nation: $18 for an adult, $15 for senior citizens, $12 for students and $9 for youth age 18 and under.

Tickets are available by calling the Community Performance Series Box Office at (315) 267-2277, or visiting the Roxy Theater or Northern Music & Video in downtown Potsdam or the CPS Box Office in the lobby of Sara M. Snell Music Theater. You can also reserve tickets online by visiting www.cpspotsdam.org or www2.potsdam.edu/cps/eventpgs/methd.html.

For more information on the 2013-14 The Met: Live in HD season, visit the Metropolitan Opera website at www.metopera.org/hdlive.

To learn more about SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music and its award-winning opera program, visit www.potsdam.edu/crane.

 

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