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The Daughter of the Regiment

DVD
118 min
1974
M1500 .D68 D38 1992 DVD

Opera in two acts. Music by Gaetano Donizetti ; libretto by Jean-Francois Bayard and J.H. Vernoy de Saint-Georges.

Before live opera telecasts became regular television events, The Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association (WETA) embarked on an ambitious project. In the summer of 1974, WETA began videotaping live operatic and concert performances at the Filene Center Auditorium in Wolf Trap Park for the Performing Arts in Vienna, Virginia, for broadcast in a series entitled In Performance at Wolf Trap.

The series launched its historic run with a real coup: Beverly Sills in her first complete operatic telecast as the boisterous Marie ("Lucille Ball with high notes," to quote Sills herself) in Donizetti's lively comic opera The Daughter of the Regiment. The New York Times raved, "At the center, of course, is Miss Sills, in supremely confident form, vocally and historically....[Her] zest and vivacity prove infectious with the other performers and the entire audience ." The overwhelming success of the Wolf Trap series helped raise Sills to the status of TV mega-star, and proved to public television stations throughout the country that audiences were ready for and hungry for the complete, undiluted operatic experience.

Performers: Beverly Sills, William McDonald, Spiro Malas, Muriel Costa-Greenspon, Filene Center Orchestra, the Wolf Trap Company Chorus.

Sung in English. This French opera was translated into English by Ruth and Thomas Martin.

Distributed by Video Artists International (www.vaimusic.com).

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