Donizetti's La Fille du Régiment

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In La Fille du Régiment, Donizetti’s 1840 romantic comedy, Tonio (Lawrence Brownlee) falls hopelessly for Marie (Nino Machaidze), the spunky tomboy raised since infancy by French soldiers, and, happily, she shares his feelings. The arrival of a duchess (soprano Kiri Te Kanawa in a non-singing role) complicates things for the lovestruck pair, but not before an elated Tonio sings the opera’s famous aria "Ah! mes amis, quel jour de fête!” (“Ah, my friends, what a day for celebrating!”)

Brownlee is increasingly identified with the role of Tonio, which has been called the Mount Everest for tenors because it features nine high Cs. Machaidze was recently seen at the Met as Gilda in Rigoletto.


Conductor: Yves Abel

Marie: Nino Machaidze

Marquise of Berkenfeld: Ann Murray

Duchess of Krakenthorp: Kiri Te Kanawa

Tonio: Lawrence Brownlee

Sulpice: Maurizio Muraro