La Fille Du Regiment, Royal Opera House, London fivestar
By Edward Seckerson
Published: 15 January 2007
Things have come on a little in the 40 years since Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti strutted their ample stuff in the last Royal Opera staging of Donizetti’s Frenchified charmer.
In another 40 years someone will be talking about the night their successors – Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Florez – showed everyone how the piece should really be done. It’s hard to imagine how this adorable, pint-sized, pairing could ever be bettered. But the same goes for the entire cast – as good as you could now muster from anywhere on the planet.
Drop them all into a production from Laurent Pelly that needs no special pleading on comedic grounds, and is by turns elegant, witty, and laugh-out-loud funny, and you’ve one of the happiest nights the Royal Opera has fielded since I don’t know when.
And BBC Radio 3 has finally posted the cast for the Broadcast on January 27th
Stephanie Hughes presents a performance of Donizetti’s La Fille du Regiment, recorded at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Marie …… Natalie Dessay (soprano)
Tonio …… Juan Diego Florez (tenor)
La Marquise de Berkenfeld …… Felicity Palmer (mezzo)
Sulpice …… Alessandro Corbelli (bass)
Hortensius …… Donald Maxwell (bass)
A Corporal …… Bryan Secombe (bass)
Duchesse de Crackentorp …… Dawn French (speaking part)
Royal Opera Chorus
Renato Balsadonna (chorus director)
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Peter Manning (concert master)
Bruno Campanella (conductor)