Donizetti's Spirited La Fille du Régiment at the Opera House at The Kennedy Center
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Featured review from Linda HirschRed Velvet
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Excellent and since I've had trouble with Goldstar and the Kennedy Center before I had written to Customer Service ahead of time. Erik and Lisa both wrote to me---and I sent them an e-mail last night telling them that my seat was positioned very well.
The opera, despite Tim Page's review, was VERY well sung and delightfully produced.
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In La Fille du Ré_giment __(The Daughter of the Regiment),_ Marie is an orphaned army brat and the regiment’s lovable mascot, brimming with high spirits and even higher C’s. Her ardent lover (a tenor, of course) is more than her match. His show-stopping aria boasts nine — count ‘em, nine — high C’s. The story may be deliciously bizarre, but the music is divinely Donizetti.
This production is sung in French with English supertitles.
By Gaetano Donizetti
Production from Teatro Comunale di Bologna
Conductor: Riccardo Frizza
Director: Emilio Sagi
Marie: Stefania Bonfadelli* (Mar 31, Apr 2, 4, 7, 10, 15m), JiYoung Lee± (Apr 12)
Tonio: José Bros
La Marquise: Victoria Livengood
Sulpice Pingot: Simone Alberghini
Hortensius: Obed Ureña+ (Mar 31, Apr 4, 7, 10, 12, 15m), James Shaffran (Apr 2)
Corporal: Matthew J. Minor*
La Duchess: Madeleine Gray
- Company Debut
+ Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist
± Former Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist
Like Bellini and Rossini before him, Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848) enjoyed great success in Paris. Donizetti, one of the great opera buffa masters of the mid-nineteenth century, was able to move fluidly between the Italian and French styles of opera. Written to a libretto by Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Jean-François-Alfred Bayard, _La Fille du Régiment _opened at the Opéra-Comique on February 11, 1840. Although the work only received a modest reception in its first season, _La Fille du Régiment,_ with its strong nationalistic impulse and bright melodies, quickly became a favorite in Paris, and was performed more than 1,000 times by 1914. Donizetti soon created an Italian version, making necessary cuts and substitutions to appeal to the notoriously difficult Italian audiences. The Italian version made its premiere as La Figlia del Reggimento at Teatro alla Scala in Milan on October 3, 1840. Many famous opera divas made their first big break as Marie, the vivandière, including Henriette Sontag, Jenny Lind, and Adelina Patti. Later important interpreters included Joan Sutherland, Frieda Hempel, and Lily Pons. From its famous tenor showpiece aria, “Ah, mes amis,” with its challenging nine high C’s, to the exuberant regimental song, “Chacun le sait,” Donizetti’s _La Fille du Ré__giment _is a charming and often sentimental work that has become one of the most popular comic operas in the repertoire.