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DONIZETTI OPERA MARCHES INTO LAWRENCE

March 1, 1998

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The New York City Opera National Company also will introduce Lawrence students to the fundamentals of opera.

An opera from one of the world's most prolific composers is coming to the Lied Center.

``The Daughter of the Regiment,'' by Gaetano Donizetti, will be performed by the New York City Opera National Company at 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

The opera -- directed by Matthew Lata, director of opera at the University of Missouri-Kansas City -- will be sung in French with English supertitles.

Donizetti wrote ``The Daughter of the Regiment'' in Paris following a disagreement with Italian censors. The opera tells the story of young Marie, who was abandoned on the battlefield as an infant and discovered by Napoleon's 21st Regiment. Marie was raised by the Regiment and the story begins when she is a young woman, the beloved canteen girl and tomboy of the Regiment.

Early in the story, Marie announces her love for Tonio, a peasant boy who saved her from falling off a cliff. Unfortunately, coincidence reunites her with her long-lost aunt, the Marquise de Berkenfeld, and Marie discovers that she is destined to marry a duke.

Marie is taken to the Chateau Berkenfeld, where she is to learn songs and prepare for a party. But she pines for her comrades, songs of patriotism and Tonio. When Marie discovers that she is the Marquise's daughter, she resigns herself to marry as she is directed.

The Regiment, however, appears just as Marie approaches the altar and the Marquise realizes her daughter belongs to Tonio.

In addition to its evening performances, the opera company will participate in the annual Opera Look-In with all Lawrence fourth-grade students on Wednesday. The Look-In will allow students to see selected live scenes from ``The Daughter of the Regiment,'' fully staged and costumed along with orchestra accompaniment.

Tickets are on sale at the Lied Center Box Office, 864-ARTS; Murphy Hall Box Office, 864-3982; and the Student Union Activities Box Office in the Kansas Union, 864-3477.

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