Company gives updated `Daughter' spirited outing

Critic's corner//Music

Newcomer steps deftly into title role

castmates give strong support

Opera Review

April 02, 2007|By Tim Smith ... | Tim Smith ...,sun music critic

Washington National Opera opened its effervescent production of Donizetti's comic gem, La Fille du Regiment, over the weekend with the considerable help of a fille from its own regiment.

Although perhaps best known for a high-C-riddled tenor aria, this opera is firmly centered around the title role, The Daughter of the Regiment - lovable Marie, an orphan adopted and raised by some awfully nice soldiers. When Italian soprano Stefania Bonfadeli bowed out of that role due to illness just before last Thursday's dress rehearsal, a game reinforcement saved the day.

If you go La Fille du Regiment has six more performances through April 15 at the Kennedy Center, Virginia and New Hampshire avenues, Northwest. Tickets $45-$300. Call 800-876-7372 or go to dc-opera.org.

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