Fernie Friends of Opera - La Fille du Regiment
This is Donizetti at his musical best, and a showcase for tenors. In the aria “Ah! mes amis”, Flórez performs flawlessly the breathtaking 9 high-Cs.
The comic opera, first staged in 1840 in Paris, is set for us in early 20th century Europe. It is a light-hearted, though highly unlikely, story of Marie, a baby orphaned on the battlefield and raised by soldiers, who grows up and falls in love with Tonio, a local boy. He joins the occupying regiment to be near her and the story unfolds with surprises for all…and a happy ending.