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VIRGINIA OPERA PERFORMS GAETANO DONIZETTI'S "THE DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT"

November 11, 2009
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS AND

VIRGINIA OPERA

PRESENT

DONIZETTI’S “THE DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT”

Friday, Dec. 4, 2009 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009 at 2 p.m.

FAIRFAX, Va., Nov. 6, 2009 –November sees a changing of the guard as the Virginia Opera brings Gaetano Donizetti’s rollicking romantic comedy “The Daughter of the Regiment” to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Friday, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. The Virginia Opera’s last production of this delightful opera was performed in 1979 in English. However, this season’s performance is the Virginia Opera’s first French-language production of the opera. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III.

Set in Switzerland’s Tyrolean Alps in about 1815, “The Daughter of the Regiment” is the story of a vivacious young woman, Marie, who was adopted and raised by a regiment of French soldiers. She falls in love with Tonio, a Swiss local, only later to learn of her regal family ties and pending arranged marriage to a wealthy Duke. What will she do? Will she fight for the one she loves and stay with her true love Tonio, or stand by her family and fortune and the royal lineage they embody? We all eagerly await her fate in this charming and humorous opera.

French soprano Manon Strauss Evrard takes on the leading role of Marie, a sparkling young woman with a rebellious spirit, yet a heart deep with kindness. “One of today’s most exciting and individualistic young artists, Manon Strauss Evrard, sparks Virginia Opera’s ‘La Fille du Régiment.’” (Opera News) She made her Virginia Opera debut as all four heroines in Offenbach's “ Tales of Hoffman (2007), then returned to close the season in the title role of Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor” (2008). She once again amazed audiences as Rosina in Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” (2009). Tenor Gennard Lombardozzi, a native of Billings, Mont., makes his Virginia Opera debut as Marie’s true love Tonio.   

Dorothy Danner returns to direct this production. Her Virginia Opera credits include “The Elixir of Love” (2008), “Lucia di Lammermoor” (2007), “Susannah” (2006), “Carmen” (2006), “La Traviata” (2005), “The Merry Widow” (2004) and “Die Fledermaus” (2003). Associate Artistic Director and Associate Conductor Joseph Walsh will conduct both performances.     

 

Tickets for the VIRGINIA OPERA’S “THE DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT” are $86, $72, $44 (Friday) and $98, $80, $48 (Sunday). Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.gmu.edu/cfa. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K.  Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa.

About Great Performances at Mason

Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance and Art, the Department of Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.

About George Mason University

Named the #1 national university to watch in the 2009 rankings of U.S. News & World Report, George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country.  Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university.