About the Story…
Marie, a rambunctious tomboy raised by a group of soldiers, falls in love with a peasant from a local village, Tonio. Before he can ask for her hand in marriage, Marie is forced to accompany the Marquise of Berkenfield back to her Chateau to assume the airs of nobility in order to marry an aristocrat. When Tonio and the regiment arrive at the Chateau, Marie must choose between a life of luxury and nobility with a Duke and the familiar military regime with her peasant sweetheart.
Sung in French with English supertitles
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Listen as Gregory Schmidt sings the aria “Ah! mes amis, quel jour de fête!”, famous for its level of difficulty and nine high Cs.
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About the Artists…
Tulsa’s very own soprano Sarah Coburn will return to Tulsa Opera to open this season as Marie in The Daughter of the Regiment, as she did last season in the role of Rosina in The Barber of Seville. Coburn is captivating international audiences with her “stage charisma, a thrilling upper register and … a palpably exciting voice …” (New York Observer). Recent engagements include performing the role of Princess Yue-Yang in the world premiere production of Tan Dun’s The First Emperor (Metropolitan Opera), Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia (Los Angeles Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, and Tulsa Opera), the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor and Lucie de Lammermoor (Tulsa Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Washington National Opera), and Asteria in Tamerlano (Washington National Opera, Utah Opera). She received her Bachelor degree from Oklahoma State University and her Master of Music degree from Oklahoma City University.
American tenor Gregory Schmidt will return to Tulsa Opera as Tonio in The Daughter of the Regiment. Schmidt is a veteran of the Tulsa Opera stage with previous roles including Chevalier des Grieux (Manon), Nemorino (L’Elisir d’Amore) and Tebaldo (I Capuleti e i Montecchi). He has had consistent critical acclaim for his unusually beautiful voice and commanding stage presence. “Gregory Schmidt [exhibits] bright and accurate sound, charged with genuine emotion…combining credible acting with elegant style” (Opera News). He has been praised for such roles as Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor) with Opera Tampa, El Paso Opera, Chattanooga Opera, Nevada Opera and Skylight Opera Theater.
Bass-baritone Peter Strummer has earned a reputation for endowing his buffo characterizations with further depth and humanity. His signature portrayals have been described as “highly individual, each formidably different whether as Bartolo or Don Magnifico or Beckmesser or Pasquale.” His previous roles include Sacristan in Tosca at the Canadian Opera Company and Opera Lyra Ottawa, Benoit/Alcindoro in La Bohème at Opera Lyra Ottawa and Tulsa Opera, and Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Tulsa Opera. Many of Mr. Strummer’s performances have been recorded and broadcast throughout the world. His appearances with the Canadian Opera Company as Melitone in La Forza del Destino and as the Sacristan in Tosca were aired on CBC Television, and his portrayal of the Music Master in Ariadne auf Naxos with Milwaukee’s Florentine Opera was made into a film that aired on PBS.
Mezzo-soprano Dorothy Byrne will play The Marquise de Berkenfield in The Daughter of the Regiment, a role she has previously performed for Opera Theater of St. Louis and Boston Lyric Opera. Her most notable roles include Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro (Metropolitan Opera) and Leda/Mrs. Traxell in Glimmerglass Opera’s recording of Bennett’s The Mines of Sulphur, which merited her Grammy nomination. Her full rich tone with great agility and power, along with the skills of a consummate actress to each role she portrays, awards her notability on and off the stage. She has served as a master class technician for McGill University, Boston Lyric Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, and San Francisco Opera’s prestigious Merola Program.