Figlia Del Reggimento La
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|2. Introduzione: Silenzio, Silenzio|
|3. Recitativo: Ragazzi Per Pieta Mi Sostenete|
|4. Sortita Di Sulpizio: Corpo D'uno Spngardo|
|5. Duetto: Apparvi Alla Luce|
|6. Recitativo: Ho Piacer D'esser Teco|
|7. Coro E Scena: Andiamo!|
|8. Cavatina: Lo Dice Alcum|
|9. Scena E Coro: E L'ora Dell'appello|
|10. Recitativo E Duetto: A Viva Forza L'han Condotto Via|
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|1. Introduzione: Ballo Tirolese|
|2. Recitativo: Ecco Le Carte Che Il Notaro Invia|
|3. Scena: La Romanza In Questione E Ritrovata|
|4. Terzetto: Sorgeva Il Di Del Bosco In Seno|
|5. Recitativo: Giusto Voi Granatiere|
|6. Scena E Aria: Deciso E Dunque|
|7. Recitativo: O Camerati! Amici!|
|8. Scena: Ortensio!... Misericorodia...|
|9. Terzetto: Stretti Insiem Tutti E Tre|
|10. Recitativo: Che Vedo! Un Uffiziale?|
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Inspired by the example and encouragement of Rossini, Donizetti moved to Paris, where he soon established himself with a series of operas that seemed likely, Berlioz thought, to oust French composers from their proper place. La fille du r'giment was writt
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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.