With vocal pyrotechnics and a charming comic plot, Donizetti's La Fille du Regiment is the focus of this week's broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera.
Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Florez is back to portray the lovesick peasant Tonio, while German soprano Diana Damrau makes her house role debut as Marie, an orphan raised by a Tyrolean regiment. Florez made a big impression when this production premiered at the Met two years ago, for his nine high C's in the showstopping aria "Ah, mes amis."
This revival also marks the return to the Met of the 65-year-old soprano Kiri Te Kanawa in the brief cameo role of the Duchess of Krakenthorp. Marco Armiliato conducts.
Conductor: Marco Armiliato
Marie: Diana Damrau
Marquise of Berkenfield: Meredith Arwad
Duchess of Krakenthorp: Kiri Te Kanawa
Tonio: Juan Diego Flórez
Sulpice: Maurizio Muraro