In tonight's Live from the Met Diana Damrau stars as Marie, the daughter of the 21st regiment of the French army. She's in love with Tonio, but won't marry him because he's not in the regiment, so the only option is for him to enlist. Meanwhile, Marie's long-lost mother has other plans for her romantic future.
Donizetti's La Fille du RÃ©giment combines comedy with some famously virtuosic vocal writing, including Tonio's aria which includes no fewer than nine top C's, sung tonight by Juan Diego FlÃ³rez. And the production includes Kiri Te Kanawa in the speaking role of the Duchess of Krakenthorp.
Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff.
Marie: Diana Damrau (soprano)
Tonio: Juan Diego FlÃ³rez (tenor)
Marquise de Berkenfeld: Meredith Arwady (contralto)
Sulpice PIngot: Maurizio Muraro (bass)
Hortensius: Donald Maxwell (bass)
Corporal: Roger Andrews (bass)
Duchesse de Krakenthorp: Kiri te Kanawa
Conductor: Marco Armiliato
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus.