The standout among the very strong cast, marked by superb acting all round, is English mezzo Anna Stephany in the trouser role
Joyce DiDonato stars in the title role, with mezzo-soprano Alice Coote in the trouser role
of Prince Charming, Kathleen Kim as the Fairy Godmother, and Stephanie Blythe as the imperious Madame de la Haltiere.
Orlofsky "a Russian millionaire" is a trouser role
sung here with a wonderful richness by contralto Emma Carrington, whose sense of melancholy was achieved with grace and a complete understanding of the role.
Charlotte says she has never played a "trouser role
" before and has given some thought to how to play a boy.
"It's termed a 'trouser role
' for a mezzo-soprano so I'll be playing a young teenage boy which is always challenging - and the music is really beautiful."
Despite the mesmerizing presence of Irish actress Fiona Shaw in the trouser role
of Hans Christian Andersen, "My Life as a Fairy Tale" was a bust as narrative art.
Catrin Johnsson was appropriately perky in the trouser role
Fledermaus has Christine McGreevy as Rosalinde, Donald Maxwell as Frank and ex RNCM Sara Fulgoni in the trouser role
The outstanding cast includes tenor John Osborn in the title role as the Renaissance sculptor commissioned by the Pope to create his likeness; bass-baritone Maurizio Muraro as Giacomo Balducci, the Papal treasurer; baritone Laurent Naouri as Fieramosca (Balducci's prospective son-in-law); bass Orlin Anastassov as Pope Clement VII (yes, the Pope is a cast member, and that was a controversial move at the time); soprano Mariangela Sicilia as Teresa (Balducci's daughter) and Canadian mezzo-soprano Michele Losier in the substantial trouser role
of Ascanio (Cellini's apprentice).
Robert McPherson has lyrical appeal as Percy, the love Anna brushes aside for the crown with an appealing Faith Sherman in the trouser role
of Smeton, the youth with the fatal crush on Anna, with strong support from Daniel Grice as Anna's brother George and Robyn Lyn Evans as Lord Hervey.
Madeline Duffy excelled in the trouser role
of Valletto and Sarah Kaye Klapman was exceedingly funny as Arnalta.
Massenet wrote the role of Prince Charming as a trouser role