Joyce DiDonato has announced that she will retire the role of “Cendrillon” in Massenet’s opera.
The mezzo announced in an Instagram post that after 21 years with Cinderella she would be saying goodbye to the character. Massenet’s opera is the second Cinderella role she has performed at the Met and one of the two versions of character she has performed throughout her career.
Back in 2014, DiDonato sang her last “La Cenerentola” in Rossini’s take on Cinderella at the Met. During that run she starred alongside Javier Camarena and Juan Diego Flórez.
“Cendrillon” was seen live in HD and received rave reviews with OperaWire noting, “Laurent Pelly, Joyce DiDonato & Company Deliver Exquisite Evening of Massenet Fairy Tale.” The opera also started Alice Coote, Laurent Nauori, Stephanie Blythe, and Kathleen Kim.
Next season DiDonato sings the role of Sesto in Mozart’s “La Clemenza di Tito.”