Release date: 10/2/2009

San Francsico Opera Presents Donizetti's La Fille du Régiment October 13-31, War Memorial Opera House

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SAN FRANCISCO (October 2, 2009)—San Francisco Opera presents Gaetano Donizetti’s classic opera La Fille du Régiment (The Daughter of the Regiment), opening October 13 with six subsequent performances through October 31 at the War Memorial Opera House. This production is headlined by the dazzling coloratura soprano Diana Damrau as Marie and Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez as Tonio. Renowned director Laurent Pelly makes his Company debut in a production that has delighted audiences in New York, London and Vienna and conductor Andriy Yurkevych makes his U.S. debut with these performances.
 
In her highly anticipated Company debut, Diana Damrau sings Marie for the first time in this production. Acclaimed by the Associated Press for her “rapid-fire runs and stratospheric high notes,” Damrau recently made her role debut at the Metropolitan Opera in the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor, another of Donizetti’s exceedingly popular operas. Tenor Juan Diego Flórez sings Tonio, a role that put him on the New York Times front page when he sang an encore of his rendition of the opera’s most challenging aria at the Metropolitan Opera—hitting all nine high Cs not once but twice. Flórez last appeared at San Francisco Opera as Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola in 2003.
Italian bass-baritone Bruno Praticò makes his Company debut as Sulpice, a sergeant in the 21st Regiment—a role he recently performed at Houston Grand Opera. Merola Opera Program alumna Meredith Arwady, who recently performed the role of Zita in San Francisco Opera’s 2009 production of Gianni Schicchi, returns as Marie’s mother, the Marquise of Berkenfeld. Mezzo-soprano Sheila Nadler, who has performed more than 25 roles with the Company, appears as the Duchess of Krakenthorp and Jake Gardner, who also recently appeared in Gianni Schicchi at San Francisco Opera, sings Hortensius. 
 
An active conductor of opera and ballet throughout Europe, Ukranian maestro Andriy Yurkevych makes his U.S. debut with this production. French opera and theater director Laurent Pelly makes his San Francisco Opera debut in these performances as director and costume designer. Pelly’s imaginative production, whichhas appeared at the Vienna State Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, and the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, was hailed by London’s The Independent as “by turns elegant, witty and laugh-out-loud funny.” The talented creative team also includes set designer Chantal Thomas and lighting designer Joël Adam. The San Francisco Opera Chorus is directed by Ian Robertson.
 
One of the prolific composer’s best-loved works, Donizetti’s comic opera La Fille du Régiment tells the story of Marie, a rambunctious tomboy raised by the soldiers of the 21st Regiment and the native Tyrolean boy who loves her, Tonio. When Marie’s mother, a wealthy aristocrat, reunites with the daughter she once abandoned, she attempts to teach the stubborn Marie how to act like a lady and arranges her marriage to a prestigious Duke. In the end, Tonio’s devotion to his beloved and Marie’s kind heart convinces her mother that the two should be together, and the Marquise gives her blessing to their marriage.
 
Sung in French with English supertitles, the seven performances of La Fille du Régiment are scheduled for October 13 (8 p.m.), October 16 (8 p.m.), October 19 (7:30 p.m.), October 22 (7:30 p.m.), October 25 (2 p.m.), October 28 (7:30 p.m.), and October 31 (8 p.m.), 2009.
 
 
 
 
Tickets and Information
 
Tickets for La Fille du Régiment range from $15 to $310 may be purchased online at sfopera.com or from the San Francisco Opera Box Office either in person or by phone at (415) 864-3330. Standing Room tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on the day of each performance; tickets are $10 each, cash only. 310 each and
All performances will feature an informative Opera Talk by educator and educational consultant Marcia Green. Talks begin fifty-five minutes before each performance in the orchestra section of the War Memorial Opera House and are presented free of charge to patrons with tickets for the corresponding performance.
The War Memorial Opera House is located at 301 Van Ness Avenue at Grove Street. Patrons are encouraged to use public transportation to attend San Francisco Opera performances. The War Memorial Opera House is within walking distance of the Civic Center BART station and near numerous bus lines, including 5, 21, 47, 49 and the F Market Street. For more public transportation information, visit bart.gov and sfmuni.com.
Casting, programs, schedules and ticket prices are subject to change. For further information about The Daughter of the Regiment and San Francisco Opera’s 2009-10 season, please visit sfopera.com.