Presented by Washington National Opera
Saturday, November 12 at 7pm
Sunday, November 13 at 3pm
Monday, November 14 at 7pm
Wednesday, November 16 at 7:30pm
Thursday, November 17 at 7:30pm
Friday, November 18 at 7:30pm
Saturday, November 19 at 7pm
Sunday, November 20 at 2pm
The Daughter of the Regiment
by Gaetano Donizette, Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-George and Jean-Francois Bayard
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!
In French with Projected English Titles