Future opera singers are easily identified at birth due to their multi-octave crying and graceful bows as they emerge from the womb. Check out how far these toddling tenors have come with this GrouponLive deal to see The Daughter of the Regiment, performed by the Tulsa Opera at Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Choose from the following seating options:
- For $69, you get two Level 5 tickets in the rear mezzanine section (up to a $113 value).
- For $69, you get two Level 4 tickets in the front, side, and rear orchestra section (up to a $113 value).
- For $95, you get two Level 3 tickets in the center orchestra section (up to a $155 value).
- For $105, you get two Level 2 tickets in the front and center mezzanine section (up to a $171 value).
- For $120, you get two Level 1 tickets in the front and center orchestra section (up to a $201 value).<p>
Choose between the following shows:
- Friday, October 19, at 7:30 p.m.
- Sunday, October 21, at 2:30 p.m.<p>
Doors open two hours before the performance. This Groupon does not cover the $5 convenience fee.
A light comedy enriched by breathtaking vocal showcases, The Daughter of the Regiment follows the misadventures of Marie, a foundling raised in Napoleon’s army by the 21st Regiment, under the command of genial sergeant Sulpice. A tomboy by nature, Marie calls each man of the regiment “father” and rejoices in playing her drum, singing patriotic songs, and bolstering the weary men’s spirits after a battle. While passing through a tiny town in Swiss Tyrol, Marie crosses paths with two figures destined to compete for her attention: Tonio, a handsome young tenor who seeks to win her heart, and the Marquise of Berkenfield, a travelling noblewoman who wants nothing more than to civilize the wild young lady. When her “fathers” refuse to let their little girl marry outside the regiment, Tonio attempts to enlist. And things grow vastly more complicated when it is discovered that Marie is actually of noble blood.
The light, almost trivial plot nicely complements the grandiose solos demanded of the principal characters. Tonio’s aria “Ah! Mes amis, quel jour de fête!” is notorious for being one of the most difficult pieces in the art form. Sung as Tonio declares his intention to join up with the army, the rafter-rattler comes to a jaw-dropping climax of nine high Cs in a row, earning it the sobriquet “Mount Everest for tenors.” “Il faut partir,” by contrast, favors an intimate tragic duet between Marie and Tonio as the two realize that, though Marie must depart with the Marquise, Tonio is honor-bound as a soldier to stay. The most memorable moment of the second act comes in the song “Salut a la France,” where the Marquise’s attempts to teach her ward the artistic piece “Venus Descends” are continually interrupted by the regiment’s signature theme.
Oklahoma’s own soprano Sarah Coburn—who also starred as Rosina in The Barber of Seville last season—dons the bright military uniform, as well as the uncomfortably proper dresses, of the rambunctious heroine. Tenor Gregory Schmidt returns to the Tulsa Opera after a three-year stint with New York’s Metropolitan Opera—an experience that has made him more than a match for Tonio’s challenging arias. Grammy-nominated mezzo-soprano Dorothy Byrne takes up the mantle of the Marquise de Berkenfield—not for the first time in her career—and the warm buffo characterization of Peter Strummer elevates Sulpice above the rank of mere ancillary character with its deeply felt humanity.