Celebrating Opera with the Fernie Friends of Opera.
Screenings are usually held on the first Friday of the month at the Arts Station.
Admission by donation.
La Fille du Régiment by Donizetti
Natalie Dessay as Marie
Juan Diego Flórez as Tonio
Royal Opera orchestra and chorus at Covent Garden, conducted by Bruno Campanella
directed by Laurent Pelly
Italian, with English subtitles
This is Donizetti at his musical best, and a showcase for tenors. In the aria "Ah! mes amis", Flórez performs flawlessly the breathtaking 9 high-Cs.
This comic opera, first staged in 1840 in Paris, is set for us in early 20th century Europe. It is a light-hearted, though highly unlikely, story of Marie, a baby orphaned on the battlefield and raised by soldiers, who grows up and falls in love with Tonio, a local boy. He joins the occupying regiment to be near her and the story unfolds with surprises for all...and a happy ending.
Friday, October 4: Maria Stuarda by Donizetti
Friday, November 1: der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss
Friday, December 6: Enchanted Island; a pastiche, but various composers
Friday, January 3: Parsifal by Wagner
Friday, February 7: Die Tote Stadt by Korngold
Monday, March 9: Faust by Gounod
Friday, April 3: William Tell by Rossini
Friday, May 1: Thais by Massenet