Opera in two acts by Gaetano Donizetti with a libretto by Jean François Bayard and J. H. Vernoy de Saint-Georges, based on the piece by Gollmick
Sung in French, with subtitles in Spanish
Recorded at the Wiener Staatsoper, Viena, 2007

Coproduction Wiener Staatsoper, Royal Opera House and Metropolitan Opera House

Natalie Dessay  Marie                      
Juan Diego Flórez  Tonio                      
Carlos Álvarez  Sergeant Sulpice                    
Montserrat Caballé  Duchesse de Crakentorp  

Wiener Staatsoper Orchestra and Choir

Conductor Yves Abel
Stage director Laurent Pelly

2.18 h (w/intermission)
photo ©Axel Zeininger

General debut of the soloists Montserrat Caballé, Natalie Dessay, Carlos Álvarez and Juan Diego Flórez in Laurent Pelly’s production, performed at the Opera of Vienna in April 2007.
Pelly placed the story at the beginning of the 20th century, creating a parody of comic opera with a fantastic collection of visual effects.
“The quality of the artists makes this a must-see, must-hear show.” The Times
“The audacity corresponds to the brilliant Pelly, who respects not only the charm of the period but also its romantic innocence.” The Financial Times
“A truly spectacular evening, something we had not seen in years.” The Guardian

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