Even Dame Joan Sutherland has rarely if ever made an opera recording so totally enjoyable and involving as this. With the same cast (including chorus and orchestra) as at Convent Garden, it was recorded in 1968 immediately after a series of live performances in the Royal Opera House, and both the comedy and the pathos come over with an intensity born of communication with live audiences. That impression is now the more vivid on this superb CD transfer, for with spoken dialogue used in this original French version of the opera the absence of background noise is a special benefit, and the production vividly captures the developments in the story.
Where on LP the first of the two acts spread on to the second record, here the twoRead more acts are each contained complete on one disc, an obvious convenience, though the booklet gets the timings reversed for each, the First Act being much the longer. As usual with Decca opera sets on CD, I could do with more bands to separate items and it strikes me as odd not to indicate separately the most spectacular of Luciano Pavarotti's contributions, his brief but important solo in the finale to Act 1, which—so far as I remember—was the specific piece which prompted the much-advertised boast ''King of the High C's''. For those who want to find it, it comes at 2'58'' in band 13 of the first disc, but you should have been able to find it at the touch of a button.
Dazzling as the young Pavarotti's singing is, it is Dame Joan's performance which, above all, gives glamour to the set, for here in the tomboy, Marie, she found a character through whom she could at once display her vocal brilliance, her ability to convey pathos and equally her sense of fun. The reunion of Marie with the men of her regiment and later with Tonio makes one of the most heartwarming operatic scenes I know at once a moment for laughing and crying, magically captured here. The digital transfer reinforces the quality of the Decca engineering at this point and throughout, so much more specific with sound set within a believable acoustic, than with many recent recordings.'
La fille du régimentby Gaetano Donizetti Performer:
Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano),
Monica Sinclair (Alto),
Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor),
Spiro Malas (Bass),
Edith Coates (Mezzo Soprano),
Dominic Cossa (Baritone),
Jules Bruyère (),
Allan Jones (Tenor)
Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,
Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic Written: 1840; Italy Date of Recording: 1968 Venue: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Length: 107 Minutes 0 Secs. Language: French
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Infectious 'French' Donizetti OperaJanuary 12, 2014By Henry S. (Springfield, VA)See All My Reviews"The Daughter of the Regiment is a light, warm-hearted and thoroughly delightful short opera by the Italian master Gaetano Donizetti. Recounting the romantic escapades of a young French woman involved with one of Napoleon's famous infantry regiments, the work is jam-packed with gorgeous melodies and great singing, as any experienced opera lover surely has come to expect from Donizetti. Joan Sutherland's legendary voice and a young Luciano Pavarotti make this late 1960's recording positively sizzle, ably supported by the forces of the Covent Garden Opera House and conducted by Richard Bonynge. La Fille duRegiment may be one of Donizetti's lesser operas, but don't let that deter you in the least. Sung in French, this very fine performance cries out for greater attention. Try it- I'm sure you'll really enjoy it, as I did. Strong recommendations."Report Abuse
Beautiful soundMarch 31, 2013By Mary B. (Long Beach, CA)See All My Reviews"A couple of weeks after attending Donezetti's opera, which we enjoyed, we heard this on the radio and were blown away by how much better this sounded! Sutherland makes some enjoyable passages really beautiful."Report Abuse