Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868): "La Cenerentola" (Cinderella). Conductor: Claudio Abbado - Director: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle. With Frederica von Stade (Cenerentola), Francisco Araiza (Don Ramiro), Paolo Montarsolo (Don Magnifico), Claudio Desderi (Dandini), Margherita Guglielmi (Clorinda), Laura Zannini (Tisbe) and Paul Plishka (Alidoro). The popularity of Rossini's delightful fairy-tale opera is, to a great extent, due to Jean-Pierre Ponnelle's legendary production, first seen at La Scala of Milan in 1971. Claudio Abbado, who was then music director of La Scala, has put together for this production a cast that boasts an outstanding affinity for Rossini's humor in addition to peerless musicality.