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The Daughter of the Regiment

Oct. 19 - Nov. 2, 2013

Overview

By Gaetano Donizetti

Donizetti’s lively and graceful comedy sparkles with high notes and great fun. In order to be together, two young lovers break down the social barriers between the military and polite society, making sure to have lots of fun along the way. The superb score includes exhilarating showcase arias, terrific ensemble pieces, and a healthy dose of musical parody. Funny, eloquent, and endlessly enjoyable.


In French with English subtitles | at McCaw Hall
Approximate Running Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes, with 1 intermission

Audio described performance for visually impaired patrons available on Sunday, October 20. Description begins 10 minutes prior to the beginning of the matinee. 

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Synopsis

Long Story Short

Tomboy, unable to transform into snooty duchess, finds true love anyway.

Who's Who?

Marie was adopted by a regiment when they found her on a battlefield as an infant; thus she has 1,500 fathers and no mother. At the beginning of the opera she's a teenage "vivandière" or camp girl.
Sulpice is a gruff old sergeant in Napoleon's 21st Grenadiers.
The Marquise of Birkenfeld, a rich spinster, knows a secret about Marie's past. 
Hortensius is the cowardly servant of the Marquise.
Tonio, a young Tyrolean peasant, saved Marie's life when she slipped while mountain-climbing. He immediately became smitten.
The Duchess of Krackentorp is a haughty grand dame lioness with an eligible bachelor son, somewhere offstage.

Where and When?

In Tyrol, a region in the Alps, in the early nineteenth century. Seattle Opera's 2013 production is set in the 1940s.

What's Going On?

Sergeant Sulpice, the big cheese in a regiment of French soldiers just about to pull out of Tyrol, is a little worried about Marie, the daughter of the regiment. She's been spotted several times now, talking to a handsome young local. But, by regimental decree as well as her own vow, Marie can only marry a soldier from the regiment. So when her sweetheart Tonio is captured by the regiment as an enemy spy, he enlists in order to be eligible to marry his beloved. It's the happiest day of his life, he sings, when he becomes both soldier and affianced. But his happiness is short-lived. Encountering the regiment, the Marquise of Birkenfeld, a local aristocrat, recognizes in Marie a child long missing from her wealthy family. She whisks Marie off to be made into a lady, leaving the regiment forlorn and Tonio devastated. 

Some months later, the Marquise is trying to arrange a marriage between Marie and the young Duke of Krackentorp. Her efforts to transform Marie into a dazzling society debutante, however, have failed to take; Marie prefers singing her old regimental ditties to the latest popular Romantic songs. Tonio, meanwhile, has worked his way up in the regiment to lieutenant's rank; he has also been doing some snooping and has determined that the Marquise's story about Marie's birth is untrue. On the night of Marie's arranged wedding he bursts into the Birkenfeld chateau, accompanied by the regiment, and confronts the Marquise. The secret of Marie's origin is revealed, society snobbery is foiled, true love wins out, and everybody salutes the French flag!

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Cast

Sarah Coburn

Marie

At Seattle Opera in 2014/15: Zerbinetta, Ariadne auf Naxos

Hometown: Tulsa, OK
Seattle Opera Young Artist 2001/02
Seattle Opera Debut: Adele, Die Fledermaus (’06)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Marie, La fille du régiment (’13); Rosina, Il barbiere di Siviglia (’11)
Recently: Sophie, Der Rosenkavalier (Cincinnati Opera); Amina, La sonnambula (Wiener Staatsoper); Lucia, Lucia di Lammermoor (Washington National Opera)
Upcoming: Adina, L’elisir d’amore (Washington National Opera); Elvira, I puritani (Boston Lyric Opera and Tivoli Festival, Copenhagen)

Last updated: January 2014

Sarah Coburn

Marie

Oct. 19, 20, 23, 26, 30, Nov. 1 & 2

Lawrence Brownlee

Tonio

At Seattle Opera in 2014/15: Don Ottavio, Don Giovanni

Hometown: Youngstown, OH
Young Artist ’01, '02
Seattle Opera Debut: Ernesto, Don Pasquale (’02)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Tonio, La fille du régiment ('13); Count Almaviva, Il barbiere di Siviglia (’11); Arturo, I puritani (’08)
Recently: Don Narciso, Il turco in Italia (Aix-en-Provence); Arturo, I puritani (Metropolitan Opera); Don Ramiro, La Cenerentola (Bayerische Staatsoper) 
Upcoming: Don Ramiro, La Cenerentola (Zurich Opera); Count Almaviva, Il barbiere di Siviglia (Metropolitan Opera); Charlie Parker, Charlie Parker’s Yardbird (Opera Philadelphia)


Last updated: October 2014

Lawrence Brownlee

Tonio

Oct. 19, 23, 26, 30, & Nov. 2

Andrew Stenson

Tonio

At Seattle Opera in 2013/14: Tonio, La fille du régiment

Hometown:
Rochester, MN
Young Artist ’11, ‘12
Seattle Opera Debut:
Arturo, Lucia di Lammermoor (’11)
Previously at Seattle Opera:
Remendado, Carmen (’11); Orphée, Orphée et Eurydice (’12)
Recently: Brighella, Ariadne auf Naxos (Glyndebourne); Tenor Soloist, Messiah (San Francisco Symphony); Third Esquire, Parsifal (Metropolitan Opera)
Upcoming: Demetrius, The Enchanted Island (Metropolitan Opera); Belmonte, Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Utah Opera)

Last Updated: October 2013

Andrew Stenson

Tonio

Oct. 20 & Nov. 1

Alexander Hajek

Sergeant Sulpice

At Seattle Opera in 2013/14: Sergeant Sulpice, La fille du régiment

Hometown: Toronto, Canada
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Leporello, Don Giovanni (Juilliard Opera); Dr. Falke, Die Fledermaus, and Count Almaviva, Le nozze di Figaro (Semperoper Dresden)
Upcoming: Leporello, Don Giovanni, and Alidoro, La Cenerentola; Fiorello, Il barbiere di Siviglia (Semperoper Dresden)

Last Updated: October 2013

Alexander Hajek

Sergeant Sulpice

Seattle Opera Debut
Oct. 19, 20, 23, 26, 30, Nov. 1 & 2

Joyce Castle

Marquise de Berkenfield

Hometown: Beaumont, TX
Seattle Opera Debut: Mother Marie, Dialogues des carmélites (’90)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Marcellina, Le nozze di Figaro (’09); Mrs. Bertram, The End of the Affair (’05); Fricka, Waltraute (Götterdämmerung) Der Ring des Nibelungen (’95)
Recently: Klytämnestra, Elektra (Des Moines Metro Opera); Baba, The Medium (Central City Opera); Sosostris, Midsummer Marriage (Opera Boston)
Upcoming: Madame Armfeldt, A Little Night Music (Houston Grand Opera); Old Lady, Candide (San Paolo Symphony Orchestra); World Premiere, Libby Larsen’s A Wrinkle in Time (Fort Worth Opera)

Last Updated: October 2013

Joyce Castle

Marquise de Berkenfield

Oct. 19, 20, 23, 26, 30, Nov. 1 & 2

Peter Kazaras

Duchesse de Krackenthrop

At Seattle Opera in 2015/16: An American Dream
Seattle Opera Directorial Debut: Norma (’03) 

Stage Director (New York, NY)

On Seattle Opera’s mainstage Peter Kazaras has directed FalstaffNormaThe Marriage of FigaroTristan und IsoldeThe Barber of Seville, Madama Butterfly, and The Consul. He was the Artistic Director of Seattle Opera’s Young Artists Program and has worked at San Francisco Opera’s Merola program and Chautauqua Institution Vocal Department. As a singer, Kazaras’s roles at Seattle Opera have included Loge in Der Ring des Nibelungen, Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw, and Pierre Bezukhov in War and Peace, among others. He is now a Professor of Music and the Director of Opera Studies at UCLA. He will direct La bohème at LA Opera next year.


Last updated: August 2015

Peter Kazaras

Duchesse de Krackenthrop

Oct. 19, 20, 23, 26, 30, Nov. 1 & 2

Karl Marx Reyes

Hortensius

At Seattle Opera in 2014/15: Wigmaker, Ariadne auf Naxos

Hometown: Gerona Tarlac & Pampanga, Philippines
Seattle Opera Chorus Member since 1994
Seattle Opera Debut: Peasant, Pagliacci (’07)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Hortensius, La fille du régiment (’13); Political Official, Amelia (’10); Messenger, Aida (’08) 
Recently: Goro, Madama Butterfly (Tacoma Opera) 
Upcoming:  Chorus, Nabucco (Seattle Opera)

Last updated: March 2015

Karl Marx Reyes

Hortensius

Oct. 19, 20, 23, 26, 30, Nov. 1 & 2

Stephen Fish

Corporal

At Seattle Opera 2013/14: Corporal, La fille du regiment
Bass-Baritone
Hometown: Cedar Falls, IA
Seattle Opera Debut: Corporal, La fille du régiment (’13)
Recently: Zuniga, Carmen, and Montano, Otello (Sarasota Opera); Mandarin, Turandot (Lyric Opera of Kansas City)

Last updated: April 2014

Stephen Fish

Corporal

Oct. 19, 20, 23, 26, 30, Nov. 1 & 2

Cast

Creative Team

Yves Abel

Conductor

At Seattle Opera in 2013/14: La fille du régiment; Les contes d'Hoffmann

Hometown: Toronto, Canada
Seattle Opera Debut: La Cenerentola (’96)
Previously at Seattle Opera: La fille du régiment ('13); Il trovatore (’10); The End of the Affair (’05)
Recently: I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Bayerische Staatsoper); Il barbiere di Siviglia (Metropolitan Opera); La fille du régiment (Royal Opera Covent Garden) 
Upcoming: Hansel und Gretel (Paris Opera); Les contes d'Hoffmann (Metropolitan Opera); La traviata (New National Theatre, Tokyo) 

Last Updated: April 2014

Yves Abel

Conductor

Emilio Sagi

Stage Director

At Seattle Opera in 2013/14: La fille du régiment

Hometown: Oviedo, Spain
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Rigoletto (ABAO, Bilbao); Carmen (LA Opera); Il barbiere di Siviglia (Teatro Real, Madrid)
Upcoming: Il barbiere di Siviglia (San Francisco Opera); Il mondo della luna (Opéra de Monte-Carlo); La del manojo de Rosas (Teatro de la Zarzuela, Madrid)

Last Updated: October 2013

Emilio Sagi

Stage Director

Seattle Opera Debut

Julio Galán

Set & Costume Designer

At Seattle Opera in 2013/14: La fille du régiment

Seattle Opera Debut
The late Julio Galán’s design work includes La traviata, Pagliacci, Les pêcheurs de perles, Macbeth, and L’elisir d’amore in Oviedo, Don Pasquale, Rigoletto, La fanciulla del West and Idomeneo at Madrid’s Teatro de la Zarzuela. His theater credits include Lope de Vega’s La Dorotea at the Centro Dramatico Nacional, Richard III with Teatro Español, and No puede ser guardar a una mujer with Compañía Nacional de Teatro Clásico.

Last Updated: September 2013

Julio Galán

Set & Costume Designer

Seattle Opera Debut

Connie Yun

Lighting Designer

At Seattle Opera in 2015/16: An American Dream

Lighting Designer (East Lansing, MI)

Connie Yun's designs have been most recently seen at Seattle Opera for Tosca, The Daughter of the Regiment, La Voix Humaine, and Suor Angelica. Locally, she has also designed for Tacoma Opera, Pacific Musicworks, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Empty Space Theatre, On The Boards, The Cabiri, Cornish College, Bellevue College, and University of Puget Sound. Other recent designs include Don Quichotte for Canadian Opera Company and Postcard from Morocco for Portland Opera and San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Upcoming designs include productions for Minnesota Opera, Madison Opera, and Portland Opera.

Last updated: June 2015

Connie Yun

Lighting Designer

Creative Team

Orchestra, Chorus, & Additional Artists

Orchestra

Violin I
Emma McGrath, Concertmaster
Simon James, Asst. Principal
Jennifer Bai
Mariel Bailey
Eugene Bazhanov
Brittany Boulding
Breedeen
Ayako Gamo
Mikhail Shmidt
Clark Story
Jeannie Wells Yablonsky

Violin II
Stephen Bryant, Principal
Natasha Bazhanov
Evan Anderson, Asst. Principal
Linda Cole
Xiao-po Fei
Brian Fox
Kimberly Houglum
Adrianna Hulscher

Viola
Mara Gearman, Principal
Tim Hale, Asst. Principal
Penelope Crane
Wesley Dyring
Rachel Swerdlow
Julie Whitton

Cello
Terri Benshoof, Principal
Bruce Bailey
Walter Gray, Asst. Principal
Vivian Gu
Rowena Hammill
Chuck Jacot

Double Bass
Joseph Kaufman, Principal
Jonathan Burnstein, Asst. Principal
Jennifer Godfrey
Matt McGrath

Flute
Judith Kriewall, Principal
Robin Perry

Piccolo
Robin Perry

Oboe
Stefan Farkas, Principal
Winnie Chengwen Lai

English Horn
Stefan Farkas, Principal

Clarinet
Laura DeLuca, Principal
Sean Osborn

Bassoon
Seth Krimsky, Principal
Paul Rafanelli

Contrabassoon
Edward Burns

French Horn
Mark Robbins, Principal
Rodger Burnett
Jonathan Karschney
Richard Reed

Trumpet
David Gordon, Principal
Alexander White

Trombone
Ko-ichiro Yamamoto, Principal
David Ritt
Steve Fissel

Timpani
Michael Crusoe, Principal

Percussion
Michael Werner, Principal
Michael Clark
Ron Johnson

Personnel Manager
Scott Wilson

Assistant Personnel Manager
Keith Higgins

Chorus

Soprano
Donna Baldwin
Jennifer Bromagen
Carissa Castaldo
Jennifer Ceresa
Emily Clubb
Karen Early Evans
Melanie Hingson
Dana Johnson
Linda Mattos
Eleanor Stallcop-Horrox

Mezzo-Soprano
Lorraine Burdick
Laura Eichelberger
YeonSoo Lee
Gail Neil
Melissa Plagemann
Diane Radabaugh
Susan Salas
Lucy Weber

Tenor
Jon Farmer
Tim Janecke
Jeffrey Jordan
Neil Jordan
Dustin Kaspar
Tony Kibbie
Bob Leavens
George Scott
Steve Wall

Bass/Baritone
Dan Aarthun
Michael Dudley
Michael Dunlap
Craig Grayson
Glenn Guhr
Gregory Lewis
Dierre Lopez
Misha Myznikov
Brett Youngquist

Supernumeraries

Diane Abbey
JC Casiano
David Hsieh
Brendan Toner

Actor

Robert Mead

 

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