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Joyce DiDonato as Cinderella, with Lawrence Brownlee as the Prince, in Rossini's La Cenerentola from Houston Grand Opera.
Rossini's touching comedy La Cenerentola is the composer's brilliant take on the familiar story of Cinderella — minus the glass slipper and the magic pumpkin. After Cinderella is finally reunited with her Prince Charming, the Prince offers his new bride the chance to pronounce sentence on her abusive stepfather and stepsisters. Instead of seeking vengeance, she forgives them, and then concludes the opera with the brilliant aria "Non piu mesta" — "No longer sad." Joyce DiDonato gives it a stunning performance in a production by Houston Grand Opera.