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La Fille Du Régiment

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Donizetti's entertaining opera marches onto the stage in Laurent Pelly's production, full of irrepressible humour and catchy melodies. Read More >

Marie was found on a battlefield as a baby and adopted by a regiment of soldiers. When she falls for Tonio – a civilian – she faces a choice between love and her adopted family.

La Fille Du Régiment had its premiere at the Opéra-Comique in Paris in 1840. Its combination of comedy, genuine feeling and patriotic sentiment soon made it a national institution, and it was regularly revived on Bastille Day in France. The opera had a long absence from Covent Garden, but in 1966 Joan Sutherland reintroduced it to London. She played the irrepressible heroine, Marie, with Luciano Pavarotti as her lover, Tonio. La Fille returned to the Royal Opera House in 2007 in Laurent Pelly’s delightful production, which has since toured the world.

Pelly’s production fizzes with exuberant humour. It features wonderfully inventive sets: large maps evoke the mountains of Tyrol, the regiment’s camp drowns in laundry and an armoured tank bursts into a drawing room. Gaetano Donizetti’s score weaves robust, military melodies with moments of pathos. Musical highlights include the bravura tenor aria ‘Pour mon âme’, with its vertical leaps to a succession of high Cs, and the delightful duet ‘Quoi? vous m’aimez!’ in which Tonio expresses his love for Marie.

Sung in French with English surtitles

Booking opens on the 22nd of October

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Important Dates & Timing

Opening Night: 03/03/2014

Closing Night: 18/03/2014

Running time: 2h40

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Cast & Creative

Creative

Director - Laurent Pelly

Producer - The Vienna State Opera and the Metropolitan Opera, New York

Choreographer - Laura Scozzi

Lighting Designer - Joël Adam

Set Designer - Chantal Thomas

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