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Pärnu Opera Days. Gaetano Donizetti "La fille du régiment"

04.07.2024
Location: Pärnu Concert Hall
Time: 19:00

Director Jūratė Sodytė
Set Designer Sigita Šimkūnaitė
Costume Designer Agnė Kuzmickaitė
Lighting Designer Andrius Stasiulis
Choirmaster Vladimiras Konstantinovas

Soloists, opera choir and symphony orchestra of Klaipėda State Music Theatre
Conductor Martynas Staškus

Cast:
Marie LINA DAMBRAUSKAITĖ
Tonio MINDAUGAS JANKAUSKAS
Sergeant Sulpice LIUDAS MIKALAUSKAS
The Marquise Berkenfield LORETA RAMELIENĖ
Hortensius, a butler MODESTAS NARMONTAS
A Corporal VALDAS KAZLAUSKAS
The Dutchess of Carkenthorp VIRGINIJA KOCHANSKYTĖ
A notary ŠARŪNAS JUŠKEVIČIUS
Dance teacher DARIA VEROVKA
An accompanist CARMELO GIUSEPPE LONGO

Algerians, French soldiers, ladies
Klaipėda State Music Theatre Chorus

Algerians, servants of Marquise Berkenfield
ballet dancers of the Klaipėda State Music Theatre Ballet Company

 Music by Gaetano Donizetti
Libretto Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, Jean-François Bayard

The French comic opera La fille du régiment (The Daughter of the Regiment) by Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti (1797–1848) has reigned in the world’s opera houses for almost two hundred years ever since its premiere in Paris, in 1840.

Donizetti seems to have written the opera in just a few weeks: “What I did well, I always did quickly; and I was often reproached for the very carelessness that cost me the most time.” The success of the La fille du régiment confirms this observation. The music of the opera is bursting with ostensible simplicity and carefree gaiety but all the same requires a veritable tour de force of voices, sometimes reminiscent of vocal pyrotechnics, and calls for extraordinary theatrical abilities of the two leading performers.

Director Jūratė Sodytė decided to change the period and locale of the action from the time of Napoleon’s Austrian Campaign (1805–1815) to the Algerian War of Independence (1954–1962).

The plot of this romantic comedy is enacted on stage of the Klaipėda State Music Theatre by the company’s best opera soloists and guest singers, members of the choir and ballet company.

A comic opera in 2 acts. Performed in French with spoken dialogues in Lithuanian. Subtitles in Estonian and English.
Duration appr. 3 h (including one interval)

Info and tickets: Eesti Kontsert
 
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