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Donizetti - La fille du Regiment

2 hours, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 14 June 2012

This week's Thursday Opera Matinee is a performance of Donizetti's La Fille du Regiment given at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. The heroine of Donizetti's comedy is Marie, the 'daughter' or mascot of the 21st Regiment. She's in love with a hunky peasant called Tonio, but can only marry a soldier from the 21st. Natalie Dessay sings Marie, and Juan Diego Florez supplies the famous top Cs as Tonio. And there's a cameo for Dawn French in the hilarious spoken role of the Duchess of Crackentorp

Plus today's Russian music is from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra: a performance of Lyadov's 8 Russian Folksongs.

Presented by Penny Gore.

Donizetti: La Fille du Regiment
Marie ..... Natalie Dessay (soprano),
Tonio ..... Juan Diego Florez (tenor),
La Marquise ..... Felicity Palmer (mezzo-soprano),
Sulpice Pingot ..... Alessandro Corbelli (baritone),
Hortensius ..... Donald Maxwell (baritone),
A Corporal ..... Bryan Secombe (bass),
Paesan ..... Luke Price (tenor),
La Duchesse de Crackentorp ..... Dawn French,
Royal Opera House Chorus and Orchestra
Bruno Campanella (conductor)

Lyadov: 8 Russian Folksongs
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Stefan Blunier (conductor).

Music Played

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Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Gaetano Donizetti

    Gaetano Donizetti La Fille du Regiment

    Performer: Natalie Dessay Soprano (Marie) Performer: Juan Diego Florez Tenor (Tonio) Performer: Felicity Palmer Mezzo-soprano (La Marquise) Performer: Alessandro Corbelli Baritone (Sulplice Pingot) Performer: Donald Maxwell Baritone (Hortensius) Performer: Bryan Secombe Bass (A Corporal) Performer: Luke Price Tenor (Paesan) Performer: Dawn French Performer: Royal Opera House Chrous Performer: Royal Opera House Orchestra Conducter: Bruno Campanella

  • Image for Georges Bizet

    Georges Bizet La Fleur Que Tu M'avais Jetee (Carmen)

    Performer: Joseph Calleja (tenor) Performer: BBC Concert Orchestra Conductor: Steven Mercurio

  • Image for Lyadov

    Lyadov 8 Russian Folksongs

    Performer: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Stefan Blunier


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