This production of “La Fille du Regiment” from the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden succeeds because Natalie Dessay fulfills the vocal and acting requirements for the role of Marie and Juan Diego Florez is a youthful, winsome and delightful Tonio who makes the difficult role look like a piece of cake. Whatever one might think of the merits or lack of merits of this opera, I doubt that.
Not many IMDb credits for this but it is the 2007 production from Covent Garden starring Juan Diego Florez and Natalie Dessay. This Donizetti opera was written for the Paris stage and it is interesting to see how easily Donizetti slips into the opera comique idiom, with spoken dialogue rather than recitatives. The libretto is a piece of froth but Donizetti's music is sparkling and it has been.
Although performers and audiences always relish it, La fille du regiment has never been allowed quite the critical “respectability” enjoyed by Donizetti’s other two famous comic operas, L’elisir d’amore and Don Pasquale.However, Laurent Pelly’s 2006 staging for Covent Garden (subsequently seen in Vienna and New York) was greeted with almost universal rapture.
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She opened the 2007-2008 season at the Met as Lucia and is also scheduled to repeat the La fille du regiment that season. San Francisco Opera has announced that Dessay is scheduled to sing the role of Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor in June 2008.Learn More
As a great fan of Donizetti's music, I very much like La Fille Du Regiment, it is very funny and has wonderful music, Ah Mes Amis being the standout. I do prefer Lucia Di Lammermoor, Don Pasquale and L'Elisir D'Amore for Donizetti, but that's in no way dismissing La Fille Du Regiment as it is a lot of fun. Previously for productions, I'd seen the Covent Garden, Joan Sutherland and Beverly.Learn More