THEIR LITTLE SOLDIER GIRL IS ALL GROWN UP...AND READY FOR LOVE!
GAETANO DONIZETTI / JULES-HENRI VERNOY DE SAINT-GEORGES & JEAN-FRANÇOIS BAYARD
The Daughter of the Regiment (La fille du régiment)
In French with Projected English Titles
New WNO production
"I'm having a blast. It's the most fun I've ever had in a role, at least for
the past few years. It's really nice to do something funny."
--Lisette Oropesa (Pittsburgh Tribune)
"They need to be nine bull's-eyes. They can't be nine B naturals.
But I feel secure. It's an aria I've lived with."
--Lawrence Brownlee on the high Cs in "Ah, mes amis" (New York Daily News)
Marie is no ordinary canteen girl--she was orphaned on a battlefield and adopted by a squadron of French soldiers she affectionately calls her fathers. All grown up, this spunky young woman is in love with strapping Tonio, a peasant who once saved her life but is still woefully forbidden to ask for her hand. Adding to this troublesome snafu, a mysterious Marquise from Marie's past has come to whisk her away and raise her as a proper lady. Facing a future of high-society fashions, classical ballet lessons, and a dreaded arranged marriage, what's a tomboy like Marie to do?
Military might meets aristocratic delight in this stylish production of Donizetti's masterful opéra comique, which blends instantly hummable melodies and flag-waving anthems with innocent romance and plenty of slapstick faux pas. Among all the vocal acrobatics, perhaps the most famous is the show-stopping "Ah, mes amis (Ah, my friends)", sometimes dubbed the "Mount Everest" of arias, requiring the tenor to sing a succession of nine high Cs!