La Fille du régiment

Premiere on 22. December 2024

Composer Gaetano Donizetti. Libretto by Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Jean-François Bayard.

recommended from 13 years

Opéra comique in 2 acts (1840)

A co-production with Teatro San Carlo, Naples

In French language. With German and English surtitles. New Production.

The premiere will be broadcasted live on BR-Klassik radio. 

>>> to the introductory matinee


La Fille du régiment, or the “regiment’s daughter”, is what they call the young Marie, who was found when just a child on the battlefield by soldiers. The troops commit to raising the evidently abandoned girl themselves. A young man of course must soon enter the scene and stir a special interest in her, and the secret of her origins will soon also be revealed. In the best tradition of French opéra comique, with his team of librettists, Gaetano Donizetti created a piece that in a truly original way combines Alpine idyll, patriotic enthusiasm and romantic love with comic situations and heightened conflicts. While Donizetti’s piece was at times extremely popular, the “regiment’s daughter” faded from favour somewhat in the 20th century. It can now be rediscovered, from the famous overture right through to the both amusing and cryptic music, in its first new production at the Bayerische Staatsoper in almost ninety years

Damiano Michieletto places the question of true identity front and centre in his staging. “The story moves between two levels – nature and the city. Nature as the symbol of an instinctive and spontaneous world and the city as a world of fine manners and high culture. The performance plays these two opposites off against one another, with extravagant costumes and jolly characters, who right at the end, are finally freed from social labels and can happily assume their own identities.”


  • Bayerisches Staatsorchester
  • Chorus of the Bayerische Staatsoper

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