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La Fille du Regiment is Donizetti's classic opera about a girl finding her place in the world, from a regiment of soldiers to a grand castle. Set to a stunning score full of impressive arias, it is a gem of the operatic repertoire. Order your La Fille du Regiment tickets right away and be ready to be delighted.
La Fille du Regiment Information
About the Show:
La Fille du Regiment ("The Daughter of the Regiment") is a two-act "opera comique" (a genre of French opera that incorporates spoken dialogue and arias) by Gaetano Donizetti with a French libretto by Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Jean-Francois Bayard (an Italian-language version was also adapted to suit the tastes of the Italian public, translated by Callisto Bassi). It received its world premiere on February 11, 1840 at the Salle de la Bourse in Paris. It was a success and consequently saw premieres at Milan's La Scala on October 30, 1840 and the New Orleans Opera House on March 7, 1843. It was performed in English translation at London's Surrey Theatre on December 21, 1847. It continues to be a favorite of opera companies worldwide.
La Fille du Regiment is notable for a particularly difficult aria, "Ah! mes amis, quel jour de fete!," sometimes referred to the "Mount Everest" for tenors. It requires the singer to hit a whopping nine high Cs at a relatively early stage of the opera, leaving little time to warm up his voice for the feat. Luciano Pavarotti made a name for himself when he performed the song at the Metropolitan Opera, to the audience's amazement and delight. With such a masterful combination of dramatic storytelling (see below) and musical beauty, you'll want to order your La Fille du Regiment tickets right away!
Act I: In the early nineteenth century, the nervous Marquise of Berkenfeld travels through the Tyrolean mountains with her servant, Hortensius. They are forced to pause their journey back to Austria when they find their way blocked by French troops. Once the Marquise receives word that the troops have retreated, she continues her trek, cursing the ill-mannered French. Sulpice, sergeant of the 21st regiment, assures the Marquise and everyone else that he and his men will restore order. He is accompanied by Marie, the "daughter" of the regiment who, in repayment for their guardianship, assists the men in any way she can. When Sulpice asks her about a young man she has been seeing, she says he is a Tyrolean man who once saved her life despite being part of enemy forces. When the young man in question, Tonio, is brought in as a prisoner, Marie speaks for him. When he is brought away, he escapes to return to Marie and proclaim his love, but she explains that she can marry only a soldier of the 21st regiment.
The Marquise asks Sulpice to escort her to her castle. When he hears her name, he remembers it as the same as on the letter found on the young Marie when she was left on the battlefield as a child. She eventually admits that she is the girl's long lost aunt. Once she meets Marie, she is appalled at her lack of sophistication, so she resolves to take her to the castle and give her lessons in culture and manners. Tonio brings news that he has enlisted so that he can marry Marie, but she is now to be pulled away from both her beloved regiment and her true love.
Act II: At Berkenfeld Castle, the Marquise has arranged for Marie to marry the Duke of Kraftenthorp. Sulpice is recovering from a battle wound in the castle, and the Marquise has enlisted him to help her with her plans for Marie. When, at the encouragement of Sulpice, Marie inserts phrases of the regiment's song into her singing lesson, the Marquise scolds her in frustration and storms out, leaving Marie to ruminate on the frivolity of money and status. Just then, she is surprised and elated to find the entire regiment filing into the hall, including Tonio. He once again expresses his love, but is once again dismissed by the Marquise. Once alone with Sulpice, the Marquise breaks down and admits that Marie is her own daughter, whom she abandoned to avoid the shame that would have come had people discovered that she was born out of wedlock.
The time for the wedding arrives, and the party is led by the Duchess of Kraftenthorp. Trying the get Marie to leave her room, Sulpice reveals that the Marquise is her mother. Suddenly, she feels that she can not act against her mother's will, and agrees to go through with the wedding. Just as she reaches to sign the marriage contract, the 21st regiment barges in to her rescue. The noble wedding guests are shocked and disgusted to learn that Marie was but a simple canteen girl, but they are endeared to her when they hear of her upbringing and her sincere gratitude to the brave men for caring for her. Moved by Marie's grace, the Marquise agrees to let her marry her true love, Tonio.
Run Time:Approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes
Advisory:Due to length and format, recommended for teens and older.
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