Donizetti's Daughter of the Regiment from Lyric Opera San Diego
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The last date listed for Daughter of the Regiment was Sunday November 23, 2008 / 2:30pm.
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Three-time Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien directs a lavish new production of one of the world's most… More
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Ms Emily Douglas was a revelation! Such tremedous voice in a very personable and lively young lady! She was the centerpiece of the show. The tenor John Zuckerman was no match for her (where are Pavarotti's unique Cs?) The choir did well, and though the lyrics in English came as a surprize the show was a delight.
An _opéra comique _in two acts, “The Daughter of the Regiment” was written when Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti was living in Paris, with a French libretto by Georges Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Jean-François Bayard. The opera is famous for the aria “Ah! mes amis, quel jour de fête!” a test for tenors, featuring 9 high Cs and coming early in the opera, with hardly any time for warming up. Only the best tenors can hit the notes, which come in rapid-fire succession and require considerable vocal dexterity. This was the aria that brought the young Luciano Pavarotti to the world’s attention in 1972, during a performance alongside Joan Sutherland at the Metropolitan Opera.
John Zuckerman first performed with the company to great acclaim in 2006 as Ramiro in _Cinderella _and returned as Ernesto in _Don Pasquale _in 2007. He has sung with New Israeli Opera, Duluth Festival Opera, Anchorage Opera, Opera Vivente, New York City Opera, Caramoor Festival, Carnegie Hall, and Opera Orchestra of New York, where he was the cover for both Ramon Vargas and Bruce Ford. In 2008 he reprised his Almaviva for Dayton Opera’s _The Barber of Seville _and his Nemorino for Elgin Opera’s The Elixir of Love.
Emily Douglass won both the Grand Prize and Audience Prize at the 2006 Meistersinger International Vocal Competition in Graz, Austria, where she also won the Press Prize in 2003. She has won many other competitions, including the grand prize at Opera Birmingham’s 2003 Vocal Competition. Her operatic appearances include Gilda in Opera Birmingham’s Rigoletto, Frasquita in the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Carmen, Lucia in Knoxville Opera/UT Opera Theatre’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Tytania in UT Opera Theatre’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Suor Genovieffa in Knoxville Opera/UT Opera Theatre’s Suor Angelica.
The talented cast also includes Martha Jane Weaver Lownie as the Marquise of Berkenfield, Walter DuMelle as Sulpice, and longtime Lyric Opera patron Teresa Fischlowitz as the Duchess of Krackenthorp. Leon Natker conducts with J. Sherwood Montgomery directing.