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Cinderella goes to the square | reviews, news & interviews

Cinderella goes to the square

Cinderella goes to the square

Joyce DiDonato's Cendrillon goes to meet her Prince Charming - and out into Trafalgar SquareBill Cooper

Sweetheart American mezzo Joyce DiDonato stayed firmly behind the proscenium arch for yesterday evening's Royal Opera performance of Massenet's Cendrillon - reviewed by theartsdesk on its opening night - but another Covent Garden regular, former ballerina and non-irritant presenter Deborah Bull, was soon schmoozing the crowds in Trafalgar Square, assembled to watch the fairytale unfold in real time beneath Nelson's Column. It was a big occasion for the long-deceased composer, who having enjoyed short-lived fame went into near eclipse except for Werther and Manon over the next century but last night supposedly had 50,000 pairs of eyes up and down the UK on one of his most delicate creations courtesy of the free BP Summer Big Screens.

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You were lucky with the people around you! There were several conversations continuing for several minutes into Act 4 around me! Like you I hope a DVD will appear. I was surprised that there were no cameras in the house when I went on Thursday 7th. Some of the camera work was sloppy towards the end, with cameras visibly slewing into position. As Tosca is being filmed for DVD, they may as well use the cameras for tomorrow's matinee of Cendrillon; Jeremy White will need to keep his crown on!

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