Due to a scheduling mishap, La Cenerentola and Angelika Kirchschlager's recital of Lieder von Franz Schubert on one evening. The opera started at 5pm and ended at 8:15pm, the recital began at 8pm but was only 5 minutes away by taxi. Nonetheless, the first half of the Lieder were missed. Straining to listen in the hallway, but it was not quiet enough.
The second viewing of La Cenerentola only confirmed my great love for this particular production. Due credit must be given Grischa Asagaroff, who directed, since Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, who headed up the staging, set, and costumes, died in 1988. The singing of all the principals again was quite good, the choreography was perfect, and this time Martin Gantner was well enough to run. I feel it is also only fair to say the title role is quite difficult, for coloratura contralto, and that Antonacci did an admirable job.
On the program for mezzo-soprano Kirchschlager were the following Schubertlieder:
Du bist die Ruh
Der Tod und das Mädchen
Die junge Nonne
Ellens Gesänge Nr. 1- 3
Die Liebende schreibt
Kirchschlager's voice is clear and warm, without the slightest darkness whatsoever. She has very good control and precise enunciation.