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The Daughter of the Regiment

Washington National Opera: The Daughter of the Regiment

Saturday, November 12, 2016 - Sunday, November 20, 2016

Washington National Opera

A woman raised by soldiers must convince her "fathers" to let her marry a peasant--just as a mysterious Marquise comes to whisk her away to become a proper lady. Lisette Oropesa and Lawrence Brownlee star in Donizetti's opéra comique.

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THEIR LITTLE SOLDIER GIRL IS ALL GROWN UP...AND READY FOR LOVE!
 
GAETANO DONIZETTI / JULES-HENRI VERNOY DE SAINT-GEORGES & JEAN-FRANÇOIS BAYARD
The Daughter of the Regiment (La fille du régiment)
 
In French with Projected English Titles
New WNO production
 
"I'm having a blast. It's the most fun I've ever had in a role, at least for
the past few years. It's really nice to do something funny."
--Lisette Oropesa (Pittsburgh Tribune)
 
"They need to be nine bull's-eyes. They can't be nine B naturals.
But I feel secure. It's an aria I've lived with."
--Lawrence Brownlee on the high Cs in "Ah, mes amis" (New York Daily News)
 
Marie is no ordinary canteen girl--she was orphaned on a battlefield and adopted by a squadron of French soldiers she affectionately calls her fathers. All grown up, this spunky young woman is in love with strapping Tonio, a peasant who once saved her life but is still woefully forbidden to ask for her hand. Adding to this troublesome snafu, a mysterious Marquise from Marie's past has come to whisk her away and raise her as a proper lady. Facing a future of high-society fashions, classical ballet lessons, and a dreaded arranged marriage, what's a tomboy like Marie to do?
 
Military might meets aristocratic delight in this stylish production of Donizetti's masterful opéra comique, which blends instantly hummable melodies and flag-waving anthems with innocent romance and plenty of slapstick faux pas. Among all the vocal acrobatics, perhaps the most famous is the show-stopping "Ah, mes amis (Ah, my friends)", sometimes dubbed the "Mount Everest" of arias, requiring the tenor to sing a succession of nine high Cs!

Performance Timing: Act One - 63 min.; Intermission - 25 min.; Act Two - 41 min.

Note: Lawrence Brownlee will sign copies of his new CD, Allegro io son, in the Grand Foyer in front of the Opera House following the performance on Wed., Nov. 16. 
 
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CAST & CREATIVE TEAM
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Tonio:
Lawrence Brownlee (Nov. 12, 14, 16, 18, 20)
Andrew Stenson (Nov. 13, 17, 19)
Marie:
Lisette Oropesa (Nov. 12, 14, 16, 18, 20)
Andriana Chuchman (Nov. 13, 17, 19)
Sulpice:
Kevin Burdette
The Marquise of Birkenfeld:
Deborah Nansteel 
The Duchess of Krakenthorp:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Nov. 12 only)
Cindy Gold (Nov. 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20)
Hortensius:
Timothy J. Bruno
Corporal:
Hunter Enoch
Dancing Master:
Randy Snight

Conductor: Christopher Allen
Director and Choreographer: Robert Longbottom
Set Designer: James Noone
Costume Designer: Zack Brown
Lighting Designer: Mark McCullough
Hair and Makeup Designer: Anne Ford-Coates for Elsen Associates
Movement Director: Courtney Young
 
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COME EARLY FOR FREE OPERA INSIGHTS
Musicologist Saul
Lilienstein leads the Wednesday, Nov. 16 Opera Insight, starting 1 hour and 15 minutes before the performance and lasting 35–40 minutes. All other Opera Insights start 1 hour before the performance and last 20–25 minutes. Informative and entertaining, Opera Insights take you inside the composer's mind, behind the scenes of planning a production, and into the history and social context of each opera.
These lectures are free, but patrons must present a ticket from any performance of The Daughter of the Regiment.
 
STAY AFTER FOR A FREE TALKBACK WITH THE ARTISTS
Following these performances:
Sunday matinee, Nov. 13
Monday evening, Nov. 14
Sunday matinee, Nov. 20
Don't miss your opportunity to engage directly with our artists and share your thoughts on the experience you just had! Here's your chance to ask questions and get the inside scoop on the production from members of the cast and creative team.
All discussions begin immediately after the performance and are free with your ticket.
 

Watch and Listen

Washington National Opera: The Daughter of the Regiment Trailer

WNO Commentary: The Daughter of the Regiment 1 of 5: Marianne - Marie in French tradition (audio only)

WNO Commentary: The Daughter of the Regiment 2 of 5: The people of a Tyrolean village (audio only)

WNO Commentary: The Daughter of the Regiment 3 of 5: Where Bel Canto reigns supreme (audio only)

WNO Commentary: The Daughter of the Regiment 4 of 5: When Donizetti reigned supreme (audio only)

WNO Commentary: The Daughter of the Regiment 5 of 5: Secrets, sacrifices, reconciliation - and Viva la France (audio only)

Washington National Opera: The Daughter of the Regiment - A mes amis excerpt