Could it possibly be as good as it had been three years ago?
The Royal Opera’s 2007 production of Donizetti’s delicious farce La Fille du régiment was one of the Pappano era’s biggest successes, and expectations ran high for this first revival, with substantially the same cast.
Florez may not be a surprising artist, but he is a wonderfully consistent one, and his sheer technical accuracy is always a joy.
As Tonio, he was at his most charming and relaxed, tossing off the top C circus act of his Act 1 aria as though it was the easiest thing in the world and bringing a firm line and pathos to his Act 2 romance. Her Marie is a bizarre combination of Edith Piaf, Giulietta Masina and Looney Tunes – a fiercely resilient tomboy who secretly wants to be a little wifey.
Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Florez match vocal fireworks with spectacular acting.
Laurent Pelly's production is refreshing, and funny. This is the current production at the Met with the original cast.
Later in her career, Dessay was scheduled to sing all three heroines but opted out of Olympia and Giulietta and instead took on Antonia.
By Francisco Salazar FRANCISCO SALAZAR, (Publisher) worked as a reporter for Latin Post where he has had the privilege of interviewing numerous opera stars including Anita Rachvelshvili and Ailyn Perez.
Forty years ago, in Covent Garden’s previous version of this opera, Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti shone brightly as the vivandière Marie and her lover Tonio.
Today, I think Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Florez eclipse them.