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The Daughter of the Regiment Reviews

The Greensboro News & Record

Greensboro Opera's artistic director David Holley summarizes the opera's current season as "from North Carolina to the world," a showcase of world-class singers with roots in North Carolina.

Indeed, "La Fille du Régiment" ("The Daughter of the Regiment") proved that North Carolina is capable not only of producing great musicians but also of attracting them back. Simply put, Holley and the cast put on one of the finest performances in recent Triad memory. Click here to read full review.

Classical Voice of North Carolina

This rollicking performance of Gaetano Donizetti's French opera La fille du régiment (The Daughter of the Regiment) signals the return of the Greensboro Opera to the stage after a short hiatus.

And what a return, featuring outstanding singers in the lead roles, a great chorus, a powerful orchestra, and droll action on the stage of Aycock Auditorium on the campus of the University on North Carolina Greensboro! Click here to read full review.

Opera Lively

Overall score, A, recommended show with strong musical values and some high production points. This [production] had a very high quality. Bravo! We now have another great professional company in our state! Click here to read full review.

Voix des Arts

Directed by the company's Artistic Director David Holley, Greensboro Opera's production of La fille du régiment was, on the whole, a triumph. The sense of fun that permeated the production was infectious, and it was fantastic to hear from the audience both waves of laughter and, in moments of dramatic seriousness, attentive silence.

Greensboro Opera's production assembled an ensemble of artists who seemed to genuinely enjoy working with one another. More importantly, they seemed to honestly enjoy bringing Donizetti's score to life. Musical perfection is swell, but the occasionally flawed joie de vivre that coursed through Greensboro Opera's performance was so much better; but, years from now, will our children and grandchildren believe us when we tell them that we heard René Barbera's Tonio in Greensboro in 2015? Click here to read full review.

A Stellar International Cast

Ashley Emerson (Marie)


Soprano Ashley Emerson (Marie) has been described as a "vocal and dramatic delight." Ms. Emerson is appearing at the Metropolitan Opera this season as Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, as well as Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro. Her other credits include appearances with Los Angeles Opera, Washington National Opera, Seattle Opera, and Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Major roles include Adina in L'elisir d'amore, Olympia in Les contes d'Hoffmann, Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, and Marie in La fille du régiment, the role she brings to Greensboro Opera's stage in January. read more »

René Barbera (Tonio)


René Barbera (Tonio) won Placido Domingo's 2011 Operalia international vocal competition, the only artist to win First Prize for Opera, Zarzuela, and the Audience Favorite Award since the competition began in 1993. Since then, he has sung leading tenor roles with major international opera companies including Opéra National de Paris, Teatro Dell'Opera di Roma, Los Angeles Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Seattle Opera, Canadian Opera Company, and the San Francisco Opera. Greensboro audiences will remember Mr. Barbera's appearance with our Greensboro Symphony in 2008 after he won the Charles A. Lynam Vocal Competition at UNCG in 2007. read more »

Susan Nicely (Marquise)


Mezzo-Soprano Susan Nicely (Marquise de Berkenfield) is known for her rich voice and vivid characterizations, with notable engagements including Mamma Lucia in Cavalleria rusticana with New York City Opera, Gertrude in Roméo et Juliette with the New Orleans Opera, the Witch in Hänsel und Gretel with Chicago Opera Theatre, and the roles of Principessa, and Zita in Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi with Opera Carolina. Other notable credits include Mother Goose in The Rake's Progress with San Francisco Opera, Mamma Lucia in Cavelleria rusticana, Governess in Pique Dame and Mrs. Ott in Susannah with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Marthe in Faust with Houston Grand Opera, and Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro with Cincinnati Opera. read more »

Donald Hartmann (Sulpice)


Donald Hartmann (Sulpice) is a bass-baritone who has appeared with Opéra de Montréal, Toledo Opera, Nashville Opera, Opera Delaware, Arizona Opera, Florentine Opera, and the Virginia Opera Association. He has been described as possessing a "big, rich voice with an amazing timbre," interpretative abilities as "hearty and dramatic," and "one of the best character singers on any opera stage anywhere" - a definite asset for the comic role of Sulpice in our production! Last season, Mr. Hartmann performed in North Carolina Opera's Rusalka and Opera Carolina's production of Puccini's Il trittico. read more »

Linda Carlisle (Duchess of Krakenthorp)


Linda Carlisle served as Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources under Governor Beverly Perdue and has also been a banking and corporate executive, community volunteer, and entrepreneur. In 2012, she was appointed to the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board, an entity that advises the Secretary of Commerce on issues related to the U.S. tourism industry. In 2007 and 2008, Ms. Carlisle was named one of "The Triad's Most Influential People." Linda is Vice-Chair of the UNCG Board of Trustees and Chair of the University Advancement Committee.

Directed By


Conducted By


David Holley
Artistic Director,
Greensboro Opera


Joel Revzen
Artistic Director
Lake Tahoe Summerfest
Conductor Laureate, Arizona Opera

28-member chorus, prepared by chorus master Welborn Young

Dinner and the Opera

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