Natalie Dessay : Natalie Dessay - La fille du regiment (Donizetti) - DVD
Donizetti: La Fille du regiment (Live from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden)
Natalie Dessay, Juan Diego Flórez, Felicity Palmer, Alessandro Corbelli, Donald Maxwell, Dawn French / Orchestra & Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Bruno Campanella
January 2007, Natalie Dessay, joined on stage by acclaimed tenor Juan Diego Florez - operatic coupling made in heaven" (Financial Times) - dazzled British audiences in La Fille du régiment. The press rave reviews and the audiences standing ovations clearly indicate how successfully Laurent Pelly (famous for his spectacular productions) staged this new production, and how the singers were perfectly cast. They gave Donizettis opera a new life at the Royal Opera House, after 40 years, when the opera was last staged there, and Virgin Classics delights in adding this DVD to its growing video catalogue. Also enthralling the audience, Juan Diego Flórez tackled the famous tenors aria "Ah! mes amis, quel jour de fête!", which has been called the "Mount Everest" for tenors, as it features 9 high Cs. Natalie received standing ovations and The Times wrote: The rest of the cast boasts renowned mezzo-soprano Felicity Palmer as the Marquise de Berkenfeld, The versatile Italian bass-baritone Alessandro Corbelli, and the speaking-role of thr Duchesse de Crackentorp boasts popular British comedian Dawn French. As for VC's DVD La Grande Duchesse de Gérolstein, the spoken dialogues were adapted by Agathe Mélinand, who regularly collaborates with Laurent Pelly.