La Fille Du Regiment

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The Daughter of the Regiment (French: La fille du régiment) is a comic opera in two acts. The Frenchlibretto was written by Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Jean-François Bayard. The music was composed by Gaetano Donizetti. The opera is famous for the tenor aria'Ah! mes amis, quel jour de fête!' It features nine high Cs. The opera was first performed on 11 February1840 by the Paris Opéra-Comique at the Salle de la Bourse. It was performed at the Metropolitan Opera in 1902/03. The role of Marie was a favorite with Jenny Lind.

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Musically, this 'La Fille Du Regiment' is superb. The orchestral playing is buoyant, sumptuous and well blended. The chorus also blend well and the production provides ample opportunity in showing off more individuality in their characterisation, the chorus' acting when they're not given static stage direction has come on such a lot over-time. I have heard it said that Carmen is the 'easiest opera to listen to'. Personally I would reserve this comment for La Fille du regiment - Donizetti's masterpiece. Then add world class perfomers in the prime of their careers (Pavarotti, Sutherland, Sinclair) and excellent recording engineering and you have a winner. 78la-fille-du-rgimentmlle-korsoff-mr-belhommegbia0298213a Location France Scanner Internet Archive Python library 1.9.9 Scanningcenter George Blood, L.P. Size 10.0 Source 78 Usercleaned Kevin Coupe Usermetadataentered Robert Boggs Usertransferred Robert Boggs. Donizetti's ``La Fille du Regiment' has a poorly motivated plot, flimsy characterization and plenty of rum-ti-tum accompaniments. It also needs a tenor who can pump out nine top Cs at the drop of a hat, and a high soprano who doesn't mind taking the odd pratfall. No wonder it hasn't been heard at London's Royal Opera House in 40 years.

  • Marie, a vivandière - coloratura soprano
  • Tonio, a young Tyrolean - tenor
  • Sergeant Sulpice - bass
  • Marquise of Birkenfeld - contralto
  • Hortensius, a butler - bass
  • Corporal - bass
  • Peasant - tenor
  • Duchess of Krakenthorp - spoken role
  • Notary - spoken role
  • French soldiers, Tyroleans, servants of the Duchess

Story[changechange source]

Act 1[changechange source]

The Marquise of Berkenfeld and her butler, Hortensius, are on their way to Austria. They pause in their journey because a skirmish has broken out. The Marquise learns that the French troops have retreated. She comments on the rude manners of the French people ('Pour une femme de mon nom'). The sergeant of the 21st regiment, Sulpice, assures everyone that his men will restore peace and order. He is joined by Marie, the 'daughter' of the regiment. She is an orphan and was adopted by the soldiers. Sulpice questions her about a young man she has been seen with. She explains that he is Tonio, a Tyrolean who once saved her life. Troops of the 21st arrive with a prisoner. It is Tonio. He has been looking for Marie. She steps in to save him. He toasts his new friends, and Marie sings the regimental song ('Chacun le sait'). Tonio is ordered to follow the soldiers. He escapes and returns to declare his love to Marie. Sulpice surprises them. Marie must admit to Tonio that she can marry only a soldier of the 21st.

The Marquise asks Sulpice for an escort to her castle. When Sulpice hears the name Berkenfeld, he remembers a letter he found near the young Marie on the battlefield. The Marquise soon admits that she knew the girl's father. She says that Marie is the long-lost daughter of her sister. The child had been left in the care of the Marquise, but was lost. She is shocked by the girl's rough manners. She decides to take her niece to her castle and give her a proper education. Tonio has enlisted so that he can marry Marie ('Ah, mes amis'). But Marie has to leave both her regiment and the man she loves ('Il faut partir').

Act 2[changechange source]

La Fille Du Regiment 2007

The Marquise has arranged a marriage between Marie and the Duke of Krakenthorp. At the Marquise's castle, Sulpice is recovering from an injury. He is supposed to be helping the Marquise with her plans. The Marquise gives Marie a singing lesson. Marie slips in phrases of the regimental song with Sulpice's encouragemment. The Marquise loses her temper (Trio: 'Le jour naissait dans la bocage').

Marie is left alone. She thinks money and position are meaningless ('Par le rang et l'opulence'). She hears soldiers marching in the distance. She is delighted when the whole regiment files into the room. She leads them in singing a patriotic tribute ('Salut à la France'). Marie is reunited with Tonio. Tonio asks for Marie's hand in marriage. The Marquise is unmoved by the young man's declaration that Marie is his whole life ('Pour me rapprocher de Marie'). She says her niece is engaged to another man. She dismisses Tonio. The Marquise and Sulpice are left alon. She confesses the truth: Marie is her illegitimate daughter. She abandoned Marie long ago, fearing social disgrace.

Hortensius announces the arrival of the wedding party. It is led by the groom's mother, the Duchess of Krakenthorp. Marie refuses to leave her room. Sulpice tells her that the Marquise is her mother. The surprised girl says she cannot go against her mother's wishes. She agrees to marry a man that she does not love. She is about to sign the marriage contract when the soldiers of the 21st, led by Tonio, storm in to rescue their 'daughter'. The guests are horrified to learn that Marie was a canteen girl. They change their opinion when she tells them that she can never repay the debt she owes the soldiers. The Marquise is so moved by her daughter's goodness of heart that she gives her permission to marry Tonio. Everyone joins in a final 'Salut à la France'.


Other websites[changechange source]

  • 'Salut à la France' at YouTube, June Anderson, Opéra-Comique, 1985
  • Public domain score from (Italian and English)
Retrieved from ''

With one virtuosic vocal display after another, Donizetti’s charming romantic comedy has long served to showcase talented bel canto singers on the Met stage. This tradition continued during the 2018–19 Live in HD season, when soprano Pretty Yende and tenor Javier Camarena thrilled audiences as the smitten young lovers Marie and Tonio. Yende offers an exuberant portrayal as the titular “Daughter of the Regiment,” while Camarena serves up nine effortless high Cs in the opera’s famous aria “Ah! Mes amis … Pour mon âme”—a feat which he encores by popular demand. Enrique Mazzola conducts Laurent Pelly’s witty and heartwarming production, which also stars mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe as the overbearing Marquise of Berkenfield, bass-baritone Maurizio Muraro as Sgt. Sulpice, and award-winning actress Kathleen Turner in a featured cameo appearance as the Duchess of Krakenthorp.

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Performance Info

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Mar 2, 2019


La fille du regiment opera

Gaetano Donizetti


La Fille Du Regiment Lyrics

Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Jean-François-Alfred Bayard

Run Time

2 HRS 22 MIN

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus, and Ballet

Cast & Creative

Enrique Mazzola
Pretty Yende

La Fille Du Regiment Opera

Stephanie Blythe

La Fille Du Regiment

Javier Camarena
Maurizio Muraro
  • Mar 2, 2019
    Gaetano Donizetti
    Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Jean-François-Alfred Bayard
    2 HRS 22 MIN
  • Enrique Mazzola
    Pretty Yende
    Stephanie Blythe
    Javier Camarena
    Maurizio Muraro