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La Fille du Regiment


Date:

29-31 January 2010 (Fri-Sun)

Time:

8:00 pm (matinee show 3:00 pm on 30 Jan 10)

Venue:

Concert Hall, City Hall, Hong Kong


Hong Kong premiere of Donizetti's first opera in French La Fille du Regiment (The Daughter of the Regiment) - a comic opera in 2 acts. Sung in French with Chinese and English subtitles.

Music: Gaetano Donizetti
Libretto: Jules Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Jean-Francois-Alfred Bayard
Performance Version: Lo King-man

Opera Society of Hong Kong, Raymond Fu, Chorusmaster.
Hong Kong Virtuosi (Chamber ensemble), Lio Kuok-man, Conductor.

Producer/Director: Lo King-man
Set Designer: Moe Mo
Costume Designer: Lau Chung-yan
Lighting Designer: Maggie Law
Chorusmaster: Raymond Fu
Orchestra Artistic Administrators: Ray Wong, Yiu Song-lam
Repetiteurs: Lily Yeung, Felix Suen
Dialogue and Drama Coach: Brenda Scofield
French Diction Coach: Ariele Zanini
Dance Mistress: Mandy Petty
Assistant to Director: Cindy Leung

A Musica Viva production.

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The Cast
Marie: Christina Raphaelle Haldane / Lam Wing-wing
Tonio: John Zuckerman / ChenYong / Alex Tam
Sulpice: Brian Montgomery
La Marquise: Melody Sze / Carol Lin
Hortensius: Albert Lim
Duchess: Brenda Scofield
La Maestra: Nancy Loo
Dance Mistress: Mandy Petty
Break Dancers: Hugh Cho & Travis Pang
Corporal: Pong Chung-lam
Peasant/Notary: Orlando
Captain Robert: Hugh Osborne
Marie at 6 : Aria Anne Campbell
Marie at 10: Brooke Foskey / Choi Hang-kiu
Marie at 14: Law Wing-lai,Vanessa / Mok Wing-chit, Esther
Fascist Spies: Aaron Ang & Andrew Chan

Synopsis
The story took place from 1926 to 1944. Marie, found abandoned as a baby on the battlefield, was adopted and raised by soldiers. She is the darling of the regiment. When a Marquise tells the Sergeant that Marie is actually her niece and she must leave the regiment, the troops are heartbroken. The Marquise plans to educate and marry Marie in a manner befitting a lady of quality, but Marie wants only to return to her regiment and Tonio, the man she loves.

Overture 1926 to 1944, the upbringing of an abandoned child.
Act I 1944, a village near the Camp of the 21st Regiment of the French Army.
Act II At the Marchioness?summer residence, a chateau in the Alpine region.

Chorus of The Opera Society of Hong Kong
The Opera Society of Hong Kong was established in 1992 by a group of dedicated singers. The Society has since fulfilled its mission to actively promote western opera and vocal music in the community in Hong Kong, while maintaining an outstanding standard of performance. With the vision of keeping abreast with world-renowned choruses, the Chorus strives to attain a professional standard. Since its establishment, the Chorus has performed over 15 operas and a rich choral repertoire. The Chorus made its highly successful debut in the Mainland in 1999 and was invited by the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra to join their Millennium Concerts in Dongguan and Guangzhou. The Chorus has also worked with famous orchestras such as Academy of St Martin in the Fields and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. In September 2004, the Chorus received high acclaims in the performance of opera Faust, which was directed by Lo King-man. In 2005 and 2006, the Chorus was invited by the RTHK Radio 4 to participate in its Christmas Eve concerts and performed Handel's Messiah and Vivaldi's Gloria. The Opera Society recognizes the importance of its member' musical and technical development and offers frequent opportunities for masterclasses and advanced training.

Chorusmaster: Raymond Fu
Rehearsal Pianist: Ronald Cheung
French Coach: Emmanuel Petit, Ronald Cheung

Soprano
Cheung Kit-shan, Veronica
Gladys Ho
Ho Kwok-in, Connie
Ho Yuen-man, Flavia
Katherine Kwong
Amy Lai
Noel Leung
Li Si-Iai
Li Zhen,Jennie
Angel Man
Ng Yen-yen
Mylthie Wong
Pancy Wong
Yip Chi-kwan,Yvonne

Alto
Marilyn Cheng
Lam Wai-yee, Maria
Law Pui-ha
Rita Leung
Veronica Leung
Nancy Li

Tenor
Butt Hiu-tung
Chan Kam-hung
Chan Cheuk-hei, Andrew
Chung Chi-wing, Andrew
Hung Sze-hang, Edison
Lam Chung-ming, Simon
Felix Lam
Lau Wai-yan, Will
Orlando
Emmanuel Petit
Poon Kit-sang, Anthony
Sing Yiu-wah
Hugh Tyrwhitt-Drake
Wong Chi-lok
Yau Kai-chung
Yeung Yun-loong
Yeung Tat-ming, David
Cheung Man-yee, Leslie
Ngan Ka-lok, Henry

Bass
Aaron Ang
Chan Kam-yan, Eddie
Chan Po-yau
Ho Man-hei, Joseph
Ip Ting-fung, Barry
Li Yat-sing
Mak Kin-chee, Eddy
Phillip McDonald
Pong Chung-lam
Tang Sai-kin
Yuen Wai-chung, David
Lee Yick-kwong, Chris
Ronald Cheung

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