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La Fille du Régiment (2 CD)
This complete live recording is taken from the Met's historic Saturday afternoon radio performances and is newly remastered from the original December 28, 1940, broadcast. This brand new multi-disc set represents its first official release on CD.
Soprano Lily Pons is at her most charming and vivacious in the role of Marie, the heroine of Donizetti's beloved opera comique. The cast also includes Salvatore Baccaloni and Irra Petina. Gennaro Papi, a former assistant under Arturo Toscanini, conducts this performance which includes an added aria from the French version of Lucia di Lammermoor.
Composer: Gaetano Donizetti
Release Date: 11/01/11
Conductor: Gennaro Papi
Orchestra: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Chorus
Label: Sony Classical
Gaetano Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment
La Fille du Régiment (“The Daughter of the Regiment”) premiered at the Opéra Comique in Paris in 1840, one of several works the Italian Donizetti wrote while living in the French capital. A comedy of manners about a young woman who is adopted as an orphan by a regiment of the French Army, its musical highlights include the tenor’s Act I aria “Ah, mes amis,” notorious for its nine high Cs.
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