This is a recording of the composer-revised Italian version of Donizetti's opera "La fille du régiment." It replaces all the spoken dialogue with decent (if unmemorable) recitatives. (I prefer the quicker, more humorous dialogue, personally.) One regrettable omission is the Marchesa's delightful Act 1 Song ruing the disrespectful nature of the amorous French men. I always thought it was one of the stronger numbers, but I guess it didn't translate into Italian very well or something. There are other more subtle differences throughout.
Maria Costanza Nocentini, as Maria the star of the opera, sings very well, though she doesn't quite banish memories of Joan Sutherland's 1967 portrayal - nor is she as rambunctious as Natalie Dessay in her portrayal. Nocentini has all the high notes - even though the E-flat in Act 2 isn't very long, and it isn't repeated at the opera's conclusion. Still, her high notes sound very well on the whole.
The tenor who sings Tonio, Giorgio Casciarri, is no worse than Luciano Pavarotti or Juan Diego-Florez in the famous "Ah, mes amis" (that's the French title) with its nine high C's. Elsewhere he doesn't rise to the occasion as distinctively.
The other singers are very dependable folks, making this an enjoyable hour and forty-two minutes. But the orchestra isn't quite as excellent. At times, particularly in the overture, it sounds very slightly sub-professional. This slight deficiency is easily forgotten in the face of such excellent singing, however.
The sound strikes me as being a bit clunky. The orchestra doesn't sound as transparent as it should, nor are the singers given an ideally atmospheric sound. One would expect 2004 sound to be vastly superior than 1967 sound...but it isn't in this case.
The price is excellent, but without printed texts or translations (Italian-only libretto available online). The general collector would probably do well to investigate the classic 1967 Sutherland/Bonynge recording. Original CD release: Donizetti - La Fille du Régiment / Sutherland, Pavarotti, Malas, Sinclair, ROH Covent Garden, Bonynge / Decca Originals Release: Donizetti: La Fille du Regiment. Both releases includes complete texts and translations. The Originals issue, however, dispenses with German and IIRC Italian translations to fit the booklet inside the jewel case.
I would obtain this recording as a supplement, rather than a replacement of, the Sutherland recording.