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Daughter of the Regiment 1911Moody-Manners Opera Company

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In recent years, this delightful comedy has shown signs of regaining a place in the standard repertoire which it lost around the time of the First World War, (though it still awaits revival in Scotland).

Like many popular works, it suffered from a number of changes after its premiere. Donizetti composed it first as a comic opera for Paris with pages of dialogue, but most performances outside France used an Italian version for which he composed recitatives. This 1911 version drew comment because of its use of dialogue, and, rather more justifiably, for its introduction of a new character in the second act, one Babette. No mention is ever made of the chain of high Cs required of the tenor - either they were generally cut, or the feat was taken for granted in a manner unheard of nowadays. Interestingly, the tenor entrusted with the role of Tonio also sang Samson later in the week - a part for which a more heroic sound is usually required.

Cast details are from a programme in Aberdeen City Library and reviews in the Dundee Advertiser and Dundee Courier.

Performance Cast

Marquise de Birkenfeld

Lily Moody

Hortensio steward to the Marquise (Bruno)

Mr B Gordon

Sulpice a sergeant of Grenadiers

Richard Cliffe

Marie a foundling

Raymonde Amy

Tonio a Tyrolean peasant

Albert Bowyer

Corporal (Max)

Mr H Woollard

Babette

Florence Morden

Performance DatesDaughter of the Regiment 1911

Map List

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

8 Mar, 19.30

Her Majesty's Theatre, Dundee | Dundee

14 Mar, 19.30

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