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Friday, April 4, 2014

One-Two Princes Here Before You

Javier Cammarena will sing in La Cenerentola.
by Paul J. Pelkonen
This hasn't actually happened onstage yet. Juan Diego Flórez (left) and Javier Camarena (right)
will both woo Joyce DiDonato (center) in the Met's La Cenerentola (background.)
All photographic elements s by Ken Howard and Marty Sohl © 2014 The Metropolitan Opera. 

All photo editing by the author.
In a story that broke late Thursday afternoon, the Metropolitan Opera announced that star mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato will split her attentions between two bel canto tenors in the company's forthcoming revival of Rossini's La Cenerentola.


Due to a scheduling issue, tenor Juan Diego Flórez has withdrawn from the first three performances of the Rossini opera, which opens April 21. His replacement in the role of Prince Ramiro will be rising star Javier Cammarena, who drew good notices for his performances in a recent revival of La Sonnambula at the Met.

There is no change in the title role, which will mark Ms. DiDonato's only appearances on the Met stage this season.  to the Met's big stage. In the Rossini version of the famous fairy tale, Ms. Di Donato sings Angelina, the much-put-upon daughter of a despicable scoundrel and her two equally horrid step-sisters.

There are a number of other differences between the opera and the traditional Cinderella story, and for more information on that subject you can consult the Metropolitan Opera Preview for this show, right here on Superconductor.

Mr. Florez will return to sing the final three performances of the run, starting May 2.

This is the first of two upcoming Rossini operas at the Met for Ms. Di Donato. Next February, she wil sing the title role in the company's first-ever production of La Donna del Lago.

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Since 2007, Superconductor has grown from an occasional concert or CD review to a near-daily publication covering classical music, opera and the arts in and around NYC, with excursions to Boston, Philadelphia, and upstate NY. I am a freelance writer living and working in Brooklyn NY. And no, I'm not a conductor.