LA FILLE DU REGIMENT
Like many of his contemporaries, Gaetano Donizetti also tried to make it in Paris, the world capital of music at the time – and did so successfully. His very first comedy, which was performed at the Opéra-Comique in 1840, quickly became one of the most sought-after pieces in the international repertoire: in addition to numerous »hits«, the extremely demanding tenor aria requiring eight high Cs (some performers even add an additional ninth) has enjoyed popularity lasting to this very day. In Laurent Pelly’s timeless and elegantly humorous production seen here, the comic speaking role of the Duchess of Crakentorp is of particular importance, which will certainly attract even more attention through Maria Happel’s debut at the State Opera. Soprano Jane Archibald, a former ensemble member now able to look back on an international career, is returning to the Vienna stage, this time in her role as Marie.