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Saturday afternoon, June 10th at NOON

Daughter1For the last opera of the season we’ll be showing the La Fille du regiment, an opéra comique in two acts by Gaetano Donizetti.

This delightful opera is famous for the aria, “Ah! mes amis, quel jour de fête!” which has been called the “Mount Everest” for tenors. It features nine high Cs and comes comparatively early in the opera, giving the singer less time to warm up his voice. Luciano Pavarotti’s stardom is remembered by a performance with Joan Sutherland at the Met, when he “leapt over the ‘Becher’s Brook’ [a famous jump at the Grand National] of the string of high Cs with an ease that left everyone gasping.”

Juan Diego Flórez performed “Ah! mes amis” at La Scala, and then, on popular demand, repeated it, breaking a 74-year embargo on encores at the legendary Milanese opera house. He repeated this feat on April 21, 2008, the opening night of the 2007 London production at the Met, with Natalie Dessay as Marie. Following appearances at La Scala and Covent Garden, Flórez has been anointed as the new Pavarotti.

La Fille du Regiment may not be Donizetti’s best work, but given a top-notch production with world-class singing actors like Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Flórez, it brings vocal thrills and an abundance of laughs — a combination that’s hard to beat.

Running time: 2 hours and 34 minutes, with one intermission

Read / download the synopsis: La Fille du Régiment

Read / download the English libretto: La Fille du Régiment – Libretto

Listen to Juan Diego Flórez sing the aria: “Ah! Mes amis, quel jour de fête!”

Newcomers to opera — These DVD presentations by the Pescadero Opera Society are a great way to learn about opera. The atmosphere is always friendly and informal — never stuffy. An introduction to the opera is given before the show, letting you know what you are about to see and hear, and any opera trivia available. Programs are provided that include a synopsis of the opera. The DVD includes English subtitles, and there’s always room for questions and discussion.

The opera is held in our fabulous Event Hall (lovingly referred to as “The Barn”). It will be shown on our wonderful giant-sized Gracie Anderson Memorial Movie Screen (donated by her son, Rodney), in six-channel digital surround-sound (donated by Jason Skinner and family, and several yard sales). Sit in our comfy theater seats (donated by Coastal Repertory Theatre), all set on our wonderful carpeting from the Ritz Carlton ballroom (donated by Kevin Palmer of Floors to Go, Premier Termite & the Long Branch Saloon/Event Center). Munch on popcorn from our fantastic popcorn machine (donated by Chris and Suneva from Aratas Pumpkin Farm). Keep warm and cozy with our 60,000 BTU heater, and enjoy the show with our fabulous projector (both made possible by your generous donations).

Socializing, barbecue and pot luck are held between 12:00-2:00 p.m. We will provide the main dish, large salad, drinks and snacks. Please bring a dish that you want to share for the pot luck. The opera starts promptly at 2:00 p.m. with a brief introduction by Phyllis Neumann.

Opera Programs. Opera programs will be distributed at the opera. But, if you want to bone up on this month’s opera before you see it you can download it from here.

Opera Schedule 2016-17

2nd Saturday of the month
Pot-luck and socializing: 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Opera starts promptly at 2:00 p.m.

September 10th

“La Traviata” by Giuseppe Verdi
Starring Reneé Fleming, Rolando Villazon and Renato Bruson

October 8th

“The Enchanted Island” by Jeremy Sams
Starring David Daniels, Joyce DiDonato, Danielle de Niese and Plácido Domingo

November 12th

“Salome” by Richard Strauss
Starring Nadja Michael, Thomas Moser and Michael Volle

December 10th

“Die Fledermaus” by Johann Strauss II
Starring Kiri Te Kanawa and Hermann Prey; conducted by Plácido Domingo

January 14th

“Faust” by Charles Gounod
Starring Roberto Alagna, Bryn Terfel and Angela Gheorgiu

February 11th

“Faust” by Charles Gounod
Starring Roberto Alagna, Bryn Terfel and Angela Gheorgiu

March 11th

“Manon Lescaut” by Giacomo Puccini
Starring Jonas Kaufmann and Kristine Opolais

April 8th

“Tannhäuser” by Richard Wagner
Starring Richard Cassilly, Eva Marton, Tatiana Troyanos; James Levine

May 13th

“Moby Dick” by Jake Heggie
Starring Jay Hunter Morris, Jonathan Lemalu, Morgan Smith

June 10th

“Daughter of the Regiment” by Gaetano Donizetti
Starring Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Florez