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The Story of Donizetti's 'The Daughter of the Regiment'
 
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Gaetano Donizetti wrote 65 operas in less than 30 years. At one point, one of every four operas performed in Italy was his

 
 BACKGROUND: La fille du regiment — The Daughter of the Regiment — was originally written in French, for a premiere at the Opera Comique in Paris in 1840. Not long after that, an Italian version appeared and the opera became even more popular. In London, in 1847, it was performed in English, and its brilliant coloratura made it a favorite with superstar soprano Jenny Lind, who sang it at the Metropolitan in New York.




As with many French operas designated as opera comique, this one includes quite a bit of spoken dialogue. In the Vienna State Opera's production, much of the dialogue was rewritten specifically to reflect the time and place of the performance — and to create a vehicle for Montserrat Caballe's appearance as the Duchess of Crackentorp. For World of Opera, we've left out some of the lengthier spoken passages, while others remain intact.



Act 1: The story takes place in the early 1800s, in the mountains of the Swiss Tyrol. Villagers are gathered around as if on the lookout. They can hear a battle in the distance, and the women pray for a French victory. They're confident because the 21st Regiment of Grenadiers has joined the fight, and they are unbeatable. One of the grenadiers, Sergeant Sulpice, comes on the scene accompanied by an attractive young woman in a military uniform. Her name is Marie, and the grenadiers found her alone on a battlefield when she was just a little girl. The soldiers took her in, protected and raised her, and now love her as their own daughter.