Wishful Thinking, Fairytale Ending: Massenet's 'Cendrillon'


THE HIT SINGLE: "And she told me her name …"

In a shimmering duet at the end of Act Three, Cinderella (mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato) and Prince Charming (soprano Alice Coote) can't see one another, but recognize each other's voices, and remember their meeting at the ball.  The Fairy (soprano Annick Massis) then gently puts them to sleep, and urges them both to dream of love.

THE B-SIDE: "Come, we will leave"

Earlier in the third act, after Pandolfe (bass Laurent Naouri) has finally had enough of his arrogant wife and stepdaughters, he sings a tender duet with his own daughter, Cinderella, telling her they can leave together, for a better life.