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Daughter of the Regiment 1891Carl Rosa Opera Company

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Donizetti's charming comedy was still enjoying enormous popularity at this time. Marie was one of Zélie de Lussan's most celebrated roles, which is reflected in the fact that the following year it was the work chosen for a Command Performance at Balmoral before Queen Victoria.

The English translation dated from 1847. Its author, Edward Fitzball, author of Maritana, had written a play on a similar subject four years earlier, performed at Drury Lane, and seems to have incorporated characters from that work which had no place in the original text set by Donizetti. Equally, some of the most colourful characters from the authentic opera - the Marquise de Birkenfeld and her servant Hortensius, for instance, only appear in much altered form. And none of the critics ever mention a tenor solo containing nine high Cs - either this feat was then commonplace, or, perhaps more likely, it was another highlight of the work which had, for a while at any rate, fallen into neglect.

Performance Cast

Marquise de Birkenfeld

Jenny Dickerson (Apr 4)

Annie Cook

Hortensio steward to the Marquise (Bruno)

Mr E Albert (Apr 4)

Lempriere Pringle

Sulpice a sergeant of Grenadiers

Aynsley Cook

Marie a foundling

Zélie de Lussan

Tonio a Tyrolean peasant

John Child

Corporal (Max)

Charles Campbell


Mr P Somers

Flora a maid (Babette)

Kate Drew (Apr 4)

Miss M Ormerod

Mdlle Beaupré

Lillie Williams

Madame Duval

Annie Cook (Apr 4)

Miss Moore

Performance DatesDaughter of the Regiment 1891

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

30 Mar, 19.30 4 Apr, 14.00 13 Nov, 00.00 18 Nov, 00.00

Royal Lyceum Theatre | Edinburgh

6 Apr, 19.30 8 Apr, 00.00 24 Nov, 19.30 30 Nov, 19.30 5 Dec, 19.30

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