Mill City Summer Opera is currently presenting Gaetano Donizetti’s The Daughter of the Regiment. Director David Lefkowich describes it as “a wild romp through the Swiss Tyrol in the wake of a battle. It follows the exploits of the original “tomboy” Marie (Leah Partridge), a girl raised by a regiment of French Soldiers. She is their pride and joy and they have raised her as “one of the guys”. Although tough on the exterior, Marie discovers her softer side she she meets a peasant, Tonio (Chad Johnson) and for the first time experiences love beyond that of her fathers’. The opera beautifully depicts the transformation of a girl, raised by men in constant battle into a woman while never losing her joyfully determined spirit.
Leah Partridge plays Marie, a tomboy role that demands high range. Nathan Stark plays Sergeant Sulpice. Cindy Sadler as the Marquise de Berkenfield and Bradley Greenwald as Hortensius play comic roles.
The Daughter of the Regiment
Through July 21