The hottest opera ticket in London took over three hours to buy when season booking opened earlier this year. With a star quality cast of Juan Diego Florez as Tonio and Natalie Dessay as Marie. And not to forget Dawn French as La Duchesse du Crakentorp.
Donizettis famous opera is set in 1840 but the scene of this production is the first world war.
A young girl named Marie is adopted by the french 21 regiment having been found on a battle field with only a letter signed Berkenfeld. Many years later she is loved by the whole regiment and she becomes a daughter of the regiment.
This London production has everything. It has become one the most popular productions of the Royal Opera House. Main reason is the cast. Juan Diego Florez is the most famous tenor of our time and his speciality is bel canto opera. The role of Tonio is famous for the aria Ah! mes amis quel jour de fete!. It contains nine high C's. Does Florez deliver?. Yes of course he does.
His voice is crystal clear and so delightful to hear that it's mind blowing. The chemistry between him and Dessay is just amazing. Natalie Dessay not just only sings wonderful she can also act.
This is a part that was made for her.
The whole cast is just a joy to hear. Ann Murray is delightful as Marquise du Berkenfeld and the other high light of the evening was miss Dawn French.
Is there anything this wonderful actress can't do?. If there is any production worth going to it's La Fille Du Régiment in London.