But the Vicar of Dibley is back, thinly disguised well, thinly is perhaps not the right word as the frightful Duchesse de Crackentorp in the Royal Opera's rip-roaring new production of Donizetti's blissfully daft military farce. Not that Dawn French's devotees should get too excited.
Fighting is raging in the Tyrols and the Marquise of Berkenfield, who is traveling in the area, is alarmed to the point of needing smelling salts to be administered by her faithful steward, Hortensius.
While a chorus of villagers express their fear, the Marquise does the same: As the French can be seen to be moving away, all express their relief.
Suddenly, and provoking the fear of the remaining women who scatter, Sergeant Sulpice of the Twenty-First Regiment of the French army [in the Italian version it is the Eleventh] arrives and assures everyone that the regiment will restore order.
Well, well, if it isn't our daughter Marie". Then, as he questions her about a young man she has been seen with, she identifies him as Tonio, a Tyrolean [in the Italian version: At that moment, Tonio is brought in as a prisoner, because he has been seen prowling around the camp.
Daughter of the regiment dessay saves him from the soldiers, who demand that he must die, by explaining that he had saved her life when she nearly fell while mountain-climbing. All toast Tonio, who pledges allegiance to France, and Marie is encouraged to sing the regimental song: Sulpice leads the soldiers off, taking Tonio with them, but he runs back to join her.
She quickly tells him that he must gain the approval of her "fathers": Skeptical as to why Tonio has returned, he proclaims his love for her Aria, then love duet with Marie: At that point, Sulpice returns, surprising the young couple who leave.
The Marquise arrives with Hortensius, initially afraid of the soldier, but is calmed by him.
The Marquise explains that they are trying to return to her castle and asks for an escort. When hearing the name Birkenfeld, Sulpice immediately recognizes it from a letter found with Marie as an infant.
It is discovered that the Marquise's long-lost niece is actually Marie, who returns and is surprised to be introduced to her aunt. The Marquise commands that Marie accompany her and that she will be taught to be a proper lady.
Marie bids farewell to her beloved regiment just as Tonio enters proclaiming that he has enlisted in their ranks: In proclaiming his love for Marie, the soldiers are horrified, but agree to his pleading for her hand. However, they tell him that she is about to leave with her aunt: In a choral finale in which all join, she leaves with the Marquise and Tonio is enraged.
Act 2[ edit ] Marie has been living in the Marquise's castle for several months. In a conversation with Sulpice, the Marquise describes how she has sought to modify most of her military manners and make her into a lady of fashion, suitable for her to be married to her nephew, the Duke of Crakentorp.
Although reluctant, Marie has agreed and Sulpice is asked to encourage her. Marie enters and is asked to play the piano, but appears to prefer more martial music when encouraged by Sulpice and sings the regimental song.
The Marquise sits down at the piano and attempts to work through the piece with Marie who becomes more and more distracted and, along with Sulpice, takes up the regimental song. Marie is left alone: As she is almost reconciled to her fate, she hears martial music, and is joyously happy: With it is Tonio, now an officer.
The soldiers express their joy at seeing Marie, and Marie, Tonio and Sulpice are joyfully reunited, although he tries to tell her something she does not know but is ignored: Trio, Marie, Sulpice, Tonio: The Marquise enters, horrified to see soldiers.
Tonio asks for Marie's hand, explaining that he risked his life for her:Enter the "daughter of the regiment", Marie - the sensational Natalie Dessay - who is a cross between Annie Oakley and Calamity Jane, only French. She's one of the lads, foul-mouthed and butch enough to tote a rifle but feminine enough to be ironing their undershirts or peeling their potatoes - and all the while tossing off Donizetti's wicked.
Donizetti - The Daughter of the Regiment / Wendelken-Wilson, Sills, McDonald, Wolf Trap/5(14). Apr 23, · Natalie Dessay as Marie, the heroine of the title, asked us to consider a third theory of comedy: that people are funny when they behave like machines.
La fille du régiment (The Daughter of the Regiment) is an opéra comique in two acts by Gaetano Donizetti, set to a French libretto by Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Jean-François Bayard. It was first performed on 11 February by the Paris Opéra-Comique at the Salle de la benjaminpohle.comre: 11 February , Salle de la Bourse, Paris.
La fille du régiment (The Daughter of the Regiment) is an opéra comique in two acts by Gaetano Donizetti, set to a French libretto by Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Jean-François Bayard. It was first performed on 11 February by the Paris Opéra-Comique at the Salle de la Bourse.
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