La fille du régiment
Author(s): Music by Gaetano Donizetti, text by Jean-François-Alfred Bayard & Jules-Henry Vernoy de Saint-Georges
Company: Donizetti Opera Festival
Running time: 2h 25min approx
In Donzetti’s La fille du régiment, Marie, is the feisty tomboy raised by a regiment of French soldiers. What can stand in the path of true love for Tonio is the young Swiss villager who conquers her heart—and nails a few high Cs on the way?
Director Luis Ernesto Doñas sets the action in central America, turning the revolutionary French fighting against conservative Tyrol into the struggle for Cuban liberation. Cuba as a place where two worlds confront and clash, a colourful one projected into the future and the other in black and white locked in nostalgic feelings about the past.
This production was at the 2021 Festival Donizetti Bergamo in co-production with the Teatro Lirico Nacional de Cuba. The young Spanish soprano Sara Blanch plays the leading role of Marie, while the role of Tonio, with his aria of at least eight high Cs, is entrusted to American tenor John Osborn.
Sung in French. Subtitles are available in English, French, Italian, German and Korean.