La Fille du Régiment

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Saturday, February 13, 2010

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.

The Cast

Conductor: Marco Armiliato
Marie: Diana Damrau
Marquise of Berkenfield: Meredith Arwad
Duchess of Krakenthorp: Kiri Te Kanawa
Tonio: Juan Diego Flórez
Sulpice: Maurizio Muraro

Plot Summary and More Details

Comments [4]

Robert Lyle

I was at the performance of La Filles du Regiment this afternoon. My perception was that the cast was very well matched. There was a chemistry between Mr. Florez and Ms. Damrau that made this comic fantasy really quite believable. Mr. Florez sang with his usual finesse and lyric clarity. Ms. Damrau gave her usual stellar performance marked by intelligence, superb musicianship, cast iron technique and dancer like command of the stage. In short, it really doesn't get much better. The story is, after all, a fantasy. The performances were grounded in a lovely reality.

Feb. 13 2010 10:37 PM
Alan Hendrie from Brasil.

Mr Klein, You talk about Damrau with technical problems, and then say you prefer Dessay???!!! At least Damrau would be audible, and sing a few notes lower than C25 ! I would like to hear someone plausible in the role in these post-Sutherland days - how about Nino Machaidze?? Now there´s a voice - and a singer to boot.

Feb. 13 2010 03:45 PM
Lon Keith Klein MD from NYC

TWIMC at WQXR, and Elliot F.,
Hi Elliot it's Lon, we discussed Opera when I was with...B&N a bunch ago.
Anywho ,as a long time opera lover, ...I was really disappointed, more like crushed , by the production of... La Fille Du Regiment... that's airing as we speak...MISCAST in a major less , Damaru is, her timbre is that of a much older MARIE....gone is the daughter of the Regiment, arise... the matron of the daddy brood. Natalie Dessay... ab-so-lut-ly a way far superior match for the incredible youthful timbre of Juan-Diego as Tonio. She, Damrau is not believable in the role , apart from her technical problems.. unsteady line for one. My 1/2 French valentine ( signif. other) , is listening too, and not being too familiar with this opera.... got it right away...she made this same comment, the same time I did! That's my valentine. Just a few yrs. Damrau can play La Marquise...or for that matter La Duchesse...aye? I'm going to put on the Natalie Dessay.& Juan Diego Florez magic from the Covent Garden that I can revisit a magical moment pre- V-Day with Candice. I do want to hear Kiri. She's such a fab person and performer. A true any production. (* Note to J-D F. ..find a new " valentine "...please....won't you?) I'd like to see this live with my girl in the future...Tx, L

Feb. 13 2010 02:38 PM
Mary Jane Hodge from Melville, NY

Bravo, Juan Diego! The thrill is back! I remember the old days listening to Luciano sing it.

Feb. 13 2010 02:21 PM

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