18 February 2014 at 12.36pm | 3 Comments
'It will be my last performance - certainly in opera,' says Dame Kiri as she prepares for the role. The performances will see something of a full circle being completed by the soprano, as the opera was the first performance she saw at Covent Garden, during her time with the London Opera Centre in the 1960s:
'My first visit was literally coming into the Royal Box. I was invited through the school to come with our director to watch The Daughter of the Regiment [La Fille du régiment] - of all things - and watching Pavarotti and Joan Sutherland singing the two main parts!'
Although traditionally a spoken part, the role of the Duchess has been expanded for the forthcoming revival to include some singing and the opening night performance on 3 March will see her first performance at Covent Garden since 1997.
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The Royal Opera’s La Fille du régiment runs from 3–18 March 2014. Tickets are still available.
The production is staged with generous support from Judith Portrait.