The Seattle Opera presents Gaetano Donizetti’s The Daughter of the Regiment—now playing at McCaw Hall until November 2nd. With rousing tunes, well-timed humor, and lovable characters, Daughter delights from start to finish.
Performed entirely in French with English subtitles, it follows Marie, an orphan raised by Napoleon’s 21st Regiment. Surrounded by her 1500 protective fathers, hilarity ensues when peasant, Tonio, attempts to woo Marie. The laughs only continue as Marie finds herself having to be prim and proper upon reunion with her long lost “aunt.” The vocal acrobatics of Sarah Coburn (Marie) and Lawrence Brownlee (Tonio) are truly impressive throughout. Chills tickled my spine every other note. Oh, and be sure to watch out for an especially chipper manservant who steals the show in Act II.
My critique? While Brownlee’s vocals dazzle, he rolls his r’s. Now, in all my years of choir and vocal training, I never rolled a French r. But if you can overlook that, then you’re sure to enjoy this rollicking rom-com.
Can’t afford the opera? Don’t sweat it! Check out Seattle Opera’s $25 tickets, available in the Second Tier Side Upper. Are you a student or 65 and older? Join Student or Senior Rush for discounted tickets. McCaw Hall’s brilliant architecture means there’s not a bad seat in the house. I sat in the tippy top most back row and didn’t miss a thing.