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The Daughter of the Regiment (1974)

The Marquise of Berkenfield is traveling in the Tyrols Fighting is raging, but Sergeant Sulpice of the Twenty-First Regiment says the regiment will restore order. Marie, the Regiment '... See full summary »

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... Marie
William McDonald ... Tonio
Spiro Malas ... Sulpice
Muriel Costa-Greenspon ... La Marquise
... The Corporal
Ben Stevenson ... Dancing Master
Evelyn Freyman ... Duchess of Crakentorp
David Wylie ... The Notary
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Stanley Wexler ... Hortensius
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The Marquise of Berkenfield is traveling in the Tyrols Fighting is raging, but Sergeant Sulpice of the Twenty-First Regiment says the regiment will restore order. Marie, the Regiment 'mascot,' enters and Sulpice questions her about a young man she has been seen with. She names Tonio, a Tyrolean, when Tonio is brought in as a prisoner.Marie sings the regimental song. Sulpice leads the soldiers off, taking Tonio with them, but Tonio runs back. She says she cannot marry without the approval of her 'fathers,' the soldiers of the regiment. The Marquise arrives and asks for an escort to her castle, Birkenfeld. Sulpice recognizes the name from a letter found with Marie as an infant. The Marquise recognizes Marie as her long-lost niece. Marie says farewell to the regiment. Tonio enters and announces he has enlisted to be near her. (Aria: Ah! mes amis, quel jour de fête / After a few months in the castle, the Marquise describes how she has tried to turn Marie into a lady of fashion, suitable ...

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A wonderful cast giving their all in this Donizetti masterpiece
20 July 2011 | by See all my reviews

I love The Daughter of the Regiment(aka La Fille Du Regiment) for many reasons, especially for the amazing music. This is an excellent production, I agree the costumes and sets while not horrible are rather cartoon-ish. That said, I would be struggling to be criticising anything else. The video directing is good, as is the staging and lighting, while the orchestra and conducting are spot on. The story is still entertaining and the characters appealing. In a titular role that is absolutely perfect for her, Beverly Sills is just brilliant, William McDonald is a charming Tonio and Spiro Malas(long time, no see) is hilarious.

In conclusion, Donizetti's opera masterpiece is splendidly done here. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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