Baylor Opera Theater and Waco Symphony Orchestra Present Donizetti's “The Daughter of the Regiment”

"The Daughter of the Regiment"
April 13, 2015

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WACO, Texas (April 13, 2015) – Baylor Opera Theater and the Waco Symphony Orchestra have harmonized in order to present Donizetti’s comic opera “The Daughter of the Regiment” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at Waco Hall.

“For a long time now Baylor Opera Theater and the Waco Symphony Orchestra have wanted to collaborate,” said Octavio Cardenas, director of Baylor opera.

The collaboration has allowed for the rare presentation of a concert version of the opera, featuring a 25-singer chorus, full orchestra and six principal singers in full costume. The 1840 two-act comic opera was chosen to accommodate both the singers and the orchestra and appeal to the audience, Cardenas said.

“It’s a nice, light comedy, taking place during the Napoleonic wars as France is invading Germany,” Cardenas said.

Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti wrote the opera while residing in Paris between 1838 and 1840. What is known as the “The Daughter of the Regiment” is a revised version of one of his previously unperformed Italian operas.

Marie, the lead played by graduate theater major Kaitlyn Stobbe, is a girl adopted by a regiment of French soldiers. Once a young lady, she falls in love with an enemy soldier Tonio, played by graduate theater major Edgar Sierra, after he saves her life. The plot thickens as forgiveness, identity and the power of love and circumstance unravel in an amusing adventure in adoration.

Waco Hall is located at 624 Speight Ave. in Waco.

The show will last only one night and tickets range from $20 to $45. For ticket information, call the Waco Symphony Orchestra at 254-754-0851 or visit wacosymphony.com

by Sarah Czerwinski, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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