La fille du régiment
Conductor: Simon Krečič
Music by Gaetano Donizetti
The Daughter of the Regiment
opéra comique in two acts
set to a French libretto by Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Jean-François Bayard
Sung in French with surtitles in Italian and English
Director & light designer Sarah Schinasi
Set designer Pier Paolo Bisleri
A production by Fondazione Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi di Trieste
Characters & performers
|Marie, jeune vivandière||Gladys Rossi (16, 18, 20, 24/II)|
|Giuliana Gianfaldoni (17, 22/II)|
|Tonio, jeune Tyrolien||Shalva Mukeria (16, 18, 20, 24/II)|
|Deniz Leone (17, 22/II)|
|Sulpice, sergent||Andrea Borghini|
|La Marquise de Berkenfield||Rossana Rinaldi|
|Hortensius, intendant de la Marquise||Dario Giorgelè|
|La Duchesse de Krakentorp||Andrea Binetti|
|Un caporal||Giuliano Pelizon|
|Un paysan||Dax Velenich (16, 18, 22/II) / Andrea Fusari (17, 20, 24/II)|
|Un notaire, un soldat||Fumiyuki Kato|
|Soldats français, Paysans Tyroliens, Seigneurs et Dames bavarois.|
|Valets de la Marquise.|
|La scène se passe dans le Tyrol.|
RUNNING TIME: ABOUT 2 HOURS AND 10 MINUTES
ACT ONE: AB. 65'
BREAK: AB. 20'
ACT TWO: AB. 45'
A valley among the Tyrolese mountains.
The valley dwellers see from the top of the mountain that the enemies are retreating and so they can rejoice. Among them there is the marquise of Berckenfield and her intendant Hortensius; before climbing back to her castle, she takes a rest in a close hut.
There arrive Sulpice, a sergeant of the French troops, Marie, young sutler, who’s grown up among the soldiers and is considered the daughter of the whole regiment, and Tonio, a Tyrolese boy, who’s in love with Marie and intend to join up and merry her.
Tonio is mistaken for a spy and is arrested. Marie, by surprise, pleads on his behalf, telling that the boy has saved her life by helping her coming out of a precipice where she’s just fallen down. Tonio avails himself of this opportunity to tell Marie that he loves her; and the girl seems favourably disposed towards him.
Sulpice catches the two lovers hugging each other: he is indignant about Marie’s love for a foreigner. Tonio fly away from the sergeant’s rage and Marie runs away, too, well resolute to do it her own way.
Since the roads, after the battle, are quite unsafe, the marquise asks Sulpice an escort to go back to her castle. Sulpice gets surprised hearing that name: he had met a man called Robert of Berckenfield who, before dying, entrusted his daughter to the soldiers’ care. The marquise reveals that her sister had secretly married Robert, and so Marie is her niece. But she is quite disappointed about the girl who, having always lived among soldiers, has not the right behaviour that her standing would require. Now the marquise will take care of her niece taking her to the castle.
And so, Marie sadly leaves her regiment among general despair; Tonio in particular is despaired, since he’s just joined up.
A hall in Berckenfield castle.
Marie, elegantly dressed, is learning good bearing, dancing and singing. The marquise gives to her the score of a mawkish romance. Marie reluctantly sings it and tells Sulpice that she feels sad, since she quite prefers military bands’ songs. The girl misses her past life and feels unhappy living in luxury and comfort.
A group of soldiers headed by Tonio, now an officer, arrives to the castle to greet Marie. So the two youths meet again and happily renew their love promise. But the marquise is contrary to their marriage: she promised Marie to the duke of Krakenthorp and she wants Tonio to take leave of her niece. The girl is in tears, but the young Tyrolese does not give up and swears he will merry her at any rate. The marquise tells Sulpice that she is not Marie’s aunt but Marie’s mother and asks him to encourage the girl to accept a marriage favourable to her rank. Marie, deeply moved, hugs her mother and accepts, with dutifulness but also with great pain, to sign the marriage contract before the notary.
But the soldiers and Tonio arrive to the castle to save their “daughter”. So, Marie tells all those presents about her happy childhood, surrounded by the soldiers’ love, and her words move the marquise who, at last, agrees to Marie and Tonio’s marriage.