Met Opera – LA FILLE DU REGIMENT
Composer: Gaetano Donizetti
Conductor: Enrique Mazzola
Performers: Pretty Yende, Javier Camarena, Stephanie Blyte, Maurizio Muraro
World Premiere: Opéra Comique, Paris, 1840. This frothy comedy mixes humor with a rush of buoyant melody and notorious vocal challenges. The story concerns a young orphan girl raised by an army regiment as their mascot and begins at the moment of her first stirrings of love. Complications (and comedy) ensue when her true identity is discovered. The action is startlingly simple and unencumbered by intricate subplots, allowing the full charm of the characters and their virtuosic music to come across in an uninhibited way.