Daughter of the Regiment

November 04. 2023 - November 25. 2023

Upcoming Dates

November 04. 2023 - November 25. 2023

New-to-Chicago production The Daughter of the Regiment

Gaetano Donizetti

Lyric Opera of Chicago is delighted to bring this production of Donizetti’s The Daughter of the Regiment — bel canto opera’s equivalent of vintage champagne — to the city for the first time. Marie, the lovable, irrepressible spirited heroine — a foundling, raised by soldiers — loves handsome Tonio. Things get complicated when the Marquise carts her off to refine her with a “proper” education. In one exhilarating number after another, Marie throws off coloratura flourishes like shooting stars, while her tenor sweetheart pops out nine high Cs in a single aria! Bel canto superstar Lawrence Brownlee and comedic veteran Alessandro Corbelli partner with the dazzling Lisette Oropesa in her eagerly awaited Lyric debut. The marvelously stylish Speranza Scappucci conducts Laurent Pelly’s quick-witted, uproarious production.

  • Language: Sung in French with projected English titles
  • Running Time: 2 hours and 45 minutes, including 1 intermission
  • Location: Lyric Opera House

Lyric’s presentation of Donizetti’s The Daughter of the Regiment is generously made possible by InvenergySonia Florian, and Marion A. Cameron-Gray.

Pre-opera talk

Speaker: Harris S. Saunders

Join us in the Ardis Krainik Theatre one hour before your opera performance begins for a free, 30-minute preview talk discussing that day’s production.

Seating is unreserved, but a ticket for that day’s performance is required. Talks begin one hour before each performance and doors open approximately 15 minutes before the start of the talks.

Pre-opera talks are supported by Raynette and Ned Boshell.

A recorded version of the Pre-opera talk is available below. 

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The music featured is generously furnished by Warner Classics.

Lyric Opera Commentaries are sponsored by the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Foundation in memory of their parents.


* Lyric debut
*** Ryan Opera Center Ensemble
** Ryan Opera Center alum

Program book

Go inside this production of The Daughter of the Regiment with engaging articles, notes from the director, a complete plot synopsis, artist bios, and more.

Download program book

Coproduction of the Metropolitan Opera, the Vienna State Opera and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Header image: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera