La Fille du Régiment

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La Fille du Régiment[1] (La Figlia del Reggimento in the Italian version; The Daughter of the Regiment in English), is a two act opéra comique [2] by Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848)[3].

The original text

Composed by Donizetti, with a French libretto was by Jules Henry Vernoy de Saint-Georges and ‎Jean François Alfred Bayard, the work was first performed in French on 11 February 1840 by the Paris Opéra-Comique at the Salle de la Bourse).

Translations and adaptations

The original French libretto was translated into English as The Daughter of the Regiment, and performed in London as a full opera on 21 December 1847.

Three English stage plays from the 19th century appear to have been based on the opera:

The Daughter of the Regiment by Fitzball (1844), Madeleine, or The Daughter of the Regiment by Stirling (18??) and Josephine, the Child of the Regiment, or The Fortune of War by Buckstone (1856).

Performance history in South Africa

1899: Performed and taken on a tour the South African cities and towns by the visiting Arthur Rousbey Grand English Opera Company, under the management of Frank de Jong and Herbert Flemming, appearing in Cape Town's Opera House in the second half of the year.


D.C. Boonzaier, 1980. "My playgoing days – 30 years in the history of the Cape Town stage", in SA Review, 9 March and 24 August 1932. (Reprinted in Bosman 1980: pp. 374-439.)

F.C.L. Bosman, 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1916. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp.406-7.

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