Thursday, June 14, 2012

Cecila Bartoli: Rossini's La Cenerentola—'Non piu mesta'

Cecilia Bartoli as Angelina sings "Non piu mesta" ("No longer sad') in Gioachino Rossini's La Cenerentola ("Cinderella" ) at the Met in 1997. This scene takes place at the opera's conclusion in Act II of scene 2.

La Cenerentola is an operatic dramma giocoso ("comic opera") in two acts by Gioachino Rossini; the libretto was written by Jacopo Ferretti, based on the well-known fairy tale, Cinderella, minus the glass slipper and magic pumpkin. The opera was first performed at Rome's Teatro Valle on January 25, 1817. The synopsis for the opera can be found here; and the English translation of this aria here.


  1. Rossini could write happy music as well as or better than any other composer. The aria is ecstatically beautiful, and Cecilia Bartoli has the skill to cope with its difficult passages and sing it in all its glory.
    Joyous music does not get the respect it deserves. It is perhaps the most powerful form of music that exists.

    1. I agree that joyous music is considered of lower quality; I wonder why.


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