La Fille du régiment is the first opera the Italian Gaetano Donizetti presented in Paris, which was then the opera capital of the world. The heart-warming work about the love between Marie, the adopted “daughter” of an entire regiment, and the Tyrolean partisan Tonio was soon one of the most popular pieces on the international opera scene. The demanding vocal parts of the opera have always attracted the greatest bel canto singers, who were glad to show off their comical talents alongside the many tragic Donizetti roles in their repertoire.
In 2018, Sabine Devieilhe managed to conquer the hearts of the Viennese audience when she made her Vienna State Opera debut as Marie in Donizetti’s La Fille du regiment. The following day, the daily newspaper Die Presse featured the following review:
“Sabine Devieilhe, one of the outstanding young coloratura sopranos of our times, left her calling card in Vienna. Her versatility is astounding: accurate coloratura passages retain their sonorous sound up to the highest ranges… And the lyrical qualities of the soprano are revealed in the more bel-canto-like passages. Even in the first finale, the voice nestles against the elegiac phrases of the English horn with velvety softness, yet full of radiance…”
(DIE PRESSE | Wilhelm Sinkovicz)
In early July 2019, the French coloratura soprano will perform the role of Marie at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. Laurent Pelly’s cheerfully irreverent production of Donizetti’s Daughter of the Regiment offers the perfect vehicle for a good singer-actor.
LA FILLE DU RÉGIMENT
8. | 11. | 13. | 15. | 18. | 20. July 2019
London | Royal Opera House Covent Garden