La Fille du Regiment--or The Daughter of the Regiment--is known the world over for its difficulty. Written by Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti in 1840, the opera is described as one of his most vocally challenging. Famously, the opera contains the notorious aria "Ah! mes amis, quel jour de fete!" which, when it was performed in 1968 by Pavarotti, earned him the nickname "king of the high Cs."
This opera is only as strong as its vocal talent. The dangerous high notes, come early in the opera, leaving the performers less time to warm up their pipes. But Opera Idaho found this talent in their artist-in-residence, Tara Victoria Smith who will portray the eponymous daughter in her mainstage debut performance with Opera Idaho.
The opera is the story of Marie, who, orphaned as a child, was adopted by Sergeant Sulpice, leader of the regiment. Marie grows up acting as a mascot for the troops, who defend and protect her.
The evening promises two stories: the story of Marie and the story of the singers who dare aspire to the heights of these notes. Don't miss either.