Vegas City Opera blazes into The Smith Center with a bright and cheeky production of this Donizetti favorite. In celebration of internationally revered, local operatic treasure, Luana Devol, who serves on the company's Advisory Board, the role of the Marquise of Berkenfield will be highlighted to showcase this major local talent. The story is of Marie, the adopted daughter of the 21st Regiment of the French army, who has fallen in love with a young man who has saved her life. This young man just so happens to be from an enemy nation. Fortunately, the regiment backs down when they hear of how the young man saved their lovely Marie. The two fall in love and plan to wed, but a wrench is thrown into their plans when news about Marie’s birth family arises and she must leave the regiment. Marie, Tonio, and all the soldiers of the regiment are distraught, and none seem able to deal with the change. Tonio resolves to rescue Marie with the aid of the other soldiers, but will he be successful? With its lovely melodies, vocal fireworks, and hilarious English & French repartee, the quick wit of The Daughter of the Regiment is the perfect piece to brighten your day and take you away to gay Paris!
Troesh Studio Theater at
The Smith Center
March 20th & 21st, 2020
361 Symphony Park Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89106
VIP Tickets: $55
Athena Mertes is one of the Valley’s most celebrated sopranos, whose opera and concert credits include Lilly (Cooperstown), Alice B. Toklas (27), Despina (Cosi Fan Tutte), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), Lucy (The Telephone), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Gianetta (L'Elisir d'Amore), Morgana (Alcina), Musetta (La Bohème), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Abigail (The Crucible), Nella (Gianni Schicchi) and soprano soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria, Handel’s Messiah and Honegger’s King David. She has performed as a guest soloist with the Burbank Philharmonic, Las Vegas Philharmonic, Henderson Symphony, Opera Las Vegas, Vegas City Opera and Lexington Opera Outreach. Spring of 2019, she will be performing the role of Marie in La Fille du Regiment with Vegas City Opera. She is also the Director of Choirs at the Thurman White Academy of Performing Arts, where she has over 300 students.
Tenor Ryan Glover is known for his versatility in opera, operetta, oratorio, and musical theatre. During the 2019-20 season he will be making a role debut with Vegas City Opera as Tonio in Donizetti's La fille du régiment. He will also be returning for his fifth season as a core member of the Arizona Opera Chorus. In addition to his position with that company, he serves as a staff singer at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. In past seasons he has performed various works with LA Opera, Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre, ProMusica Arizona, and Opera Breve, among others. A career highlight was creating the role of Raphael in Lisa Bielawa's Vireo: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch's Accuser. This groundbreaking filmed episodic opera, now available on DVD/CD, was nominated for two LA Area Emmys in 2018. Ryan studies with Gail Dubinbaum in Phoenix.
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