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Gaetano Donizetti’s Hilarious Opera La Fille du Régiment Comes to the Clark “Captured Live” From the Met

For Immediate Release

June 29, 2011

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—Gaetano Donizetti’s hilarious opera La Fille du Régiment comes to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Wednesday, July 13 at 6:30 pm, "captured live” from the Metropolitan Opera. Laurent Pelly’s production stars Natalie Dessay as the tomboy Marie, who has been brought up as the “daughter of the regiment,” and Juan Diego Flórez as the young man who is in love with her. Dazzling coloratura, including Flórez’s nine high Cs in his act-one aria, meets perfect comic timing in this performance, originally transmitted live on April 26, 2008. The galleries will remain open until 6:00 pm this evening. Tickets are $17 ($15 members) and are available online, at the door, or by calling 413 458 0MET (458 0638).

As an orphaned child, Marie was adopted as the “daughter” or mascot of the 21st regiment. On day, the Marquise of Berkenfield comes upon the regiment restoring peace and order to a village after a skirmish. Troops of the 21st arrive with a prisoner: a friend of Marie’s named Tonio. Marie steps in to save him, and he declares his love, but she can marry only a soldier from the 21st. The Marquise realizes that Marie is her long-lost niece and, shocked by the girl’s rough manners, is determined to give her a proper education at her castle. Tonio enlists in the regiment so that he can marry Marie; meanwhile, the Marquise arranges a marriage between her niece and a duke. Tonio arrives at the castle to ask for Marie’s hand. He confronts the Marquise, exposing a secret she has hidden for far too long.

Juan Diego Flórez performs the star-making role of Tonio; on the opening night of the production, the “audience appeared to be ecstatic. The applause for Flórez's aria led to an encore…He is probably the only tenor of his stature singing today who is capable of producing 18 solid high C's in a single night—and holding out the last one” (Washington Post). Natalie Dessay won rave reviews as Marie. “Not only does Ms. Dessay sing beautifully, but she also gives us something to look at every moment, acting out coloratura passages in detail with shakes of the head, well-aimed pratfalls and an arsenal of tomboy gaucheries…Ms. Dessay puts on quite a show” (New York Times). Legendary actress Marian Seldes makes a special appearance as the Duchess of Krakenthorp and Marco Armiliato conducts.

The Met Summer HD Encores continues with Puccini’s Tosca on July 20 and Verdi’s Don Carlo on July 27. The Clark’s soaring acoustics and intimate auditorium offers one of the best performance venues in the region; the galleries will remain open until 6:00 pm. Tickets are $17 ($15 members). For tickets, call 413 458 0MET (458 0638) or visit clarkart.edu.

The Clark

Set amidst 140 acres in the Berkshires, the Clark is one of the few major art museums that also serves as a leading international center for research and scholarship. The Clark presents public and education programs and organizes groundbreaking exhibitions that advance new scholarship. The Clark’s research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and conferences. Together with Williams College, the Clark sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31. Admission is free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit clarkart.edu.

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July 13: Gaetano Donizetti’s hilarious opera La Fille du Régiment comes to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Wednesday, July 13 at 6:30 pm, "captured live” from the Metropolitan Opera. Laurent Pelly’s production stars Natalie Dessay as the tomboy Marie, who has been brought up as the “daughter of the regiment,” and Juan Diego Flórez as the young man who is in love with her. Dazzling coloratura, including Flórez’s nine high Cs in his act-one aria, meets perfect comic timing in this performance, originally transmitted live on April 26, 2008. The galleries will remain open until 6:00 pm this evening. Tickets are $17 ($15 members) and are available online, at the door, or by calling 413 458 0MET (458 0638). The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 413 458 2303, clarkart.edu.

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