The Met: Live in HD supported financially by the Foundation of the Arts and Music in Asia, a Hong Kong-registered charity.
27 November 2022 (SUN) 5:20pm, Premiere Elements
2022年 11月27日 (星期日) 下午5時20分，Premiere Elements
19 February 2022 (SAT) 3:00pm, K11 Art House
2022年 2月19日 (星期六) 下午3時正，K11 Art House
23 April 2022 (SAT) 5:20pm, MOViE MOViE Pacific Place
2022年 4月23日 (星期六) 下午5時20分，MOViE MOViE Pacific Place
24 April 2022 (SUN) 5:10pm, Emperor Cinemas (Entertainment Building)
2022年 4月24日 (星期日) 下午5時10分，英皇戲院 (中環娛樂行)
Expected running Time: 1Hrs 55Mins (No intermissions)
Sung in English with Chinese and English Subtitles
MADAME DE LA HALTIÈRE
CONDUCTOR Emmanuel Villaume
PRODUCTION Laurent Pelly
SET DESIGNER Barbara de Limburg
COSTUME DESIGNER Laurent Pelly
LIGHTING DESIGNER Duane Schuler
CHOREOGRAPHER Laura Scozzi
ENGLISH TRANSLATION Kelley Rourke
The original full-length production of Cendrillon was produced in French, in association with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London; Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona; Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Brussels; and Opéra de Lille.
Original production by the Santa Fe Opera
Abridged English language production a gift of Elizabeth M. and Jean-Marie R. Eveillard
Original production of Cendrillon a gift of The Sybil B. Harrington Foundation, with additional funding from Elizabeth M. and Jean-Marie R. Eveillard
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A storybook kingdom. Pandolfe, a country gentleman, has married Madame de la Haltière, an imperious countess. She and her daughters, Noémie and Dorothée, bully Pandolfe’s daughter from his first marriage, Lucette—known as Cendrillon.
The household prepares for a ball to be given at the Court that evening. Pandolfe bemoans his lot: married to a nagging wife who ill-treats his daughter. Madame de la Haltière instructs her daughters on how to behave at the ball. She refuses to let Cendrillon attend the festivities or to let her father say goodbye to her. After her family has left, Cendrillon sits by the fire and dreams of the ball. Cendrillon’s Fairy Godmother appears and conjures her a coach, horses, a beautiful gown, and glass slippers. She tells Cendrillon that she can go to the ball but must leave before midnight, and that the glass slippers will prevent Cendrillon’s family from recognizing her.
Prince Charming is in a melancholy mood. The king orders his son to find a wife at tonight’s ball. Later, at the ball, several princesses dance for the prince. An unknown beauty, Cinderella in all her finery, enters the room to general surprise. The whole court—except Madame de la Haltière and her daughters—are charmed by the stranger, and the prince immediately falls in love with her. Left alone with Cinderella, he tells her of his feelings and begs her to tell him her name, but she says she cannot. Cinderella is equally taken with the prince, but at the first stroke of midnight, she hurries away, remembering the fairy godmother’s words.
Cinderella remembers her frightening journey home from the royal palace and how she lost one of her glass slippers as she left the ball. Madame de la Haltière and her daughters enter, abusing Pandolfe. Madame de la Haltière then describes to Cinderella the “unknown stranger” who appeared at the king’s ball, telling her that the prince spoke contemptuously of the girl and that the court regarded her with disdain. Cinderella is crushed. When Pandolfe tells his wife to be quiet, she turns on him again, but Pandolfe has finally had enough and sends Madame de la Haltière, Noémie, and Dorothée out of the room. He suggests to Cinderella that they leave town the next day and return to his country estate.
Madame de la Haltière, Noémie, and Dorothée enter, excited that the king has summoned maidens from all over the land in the hope that one of them is the unknown beauty whom the prince met at the ball. Madame de la Haltière is sure that the prince must mean one of her daughters and is determined to go to the palace. A herald announces that the prince is insisting that each woman who appears at court must try on the glass slipper left behind by the unknown beauty, for it will only fit perfectly upon her foot. Cinderella resolves to go to the palace as well.
The prince is desperately searching for his beloved among the young women summoned to the palace. Having not found her, he despairs, until Cinderella arrives, aided by the fairy godmother. The prince immediately recognizes Cinderella, and the pair declare their love to the court. Pandolfe and the rest of Cinderella’s family express their surprise, and everyone rejoices that love has triumphed.