The Daughter of the Regiment

February 4–12, 2023


Love is a battlefield.
Marie is no ordinary canteen girl. Adopted and raised by a squadron of French soldiers and unaware of her aristocratic lineage, this spunky young woman falls for a handsome villager. But when her past comes to whisk her away, will she fall in line or follow her heart? A laugh-out-loud hit, Donizetti’s romantic comedy mixes hilarious hijinks with vocal pyrotechnics in this witty and heartwarming production.

The Daughter of the Regiment has romance, humor, vocal pyrotechnics—and one of the most unique roles in the repertoire, the Duchess of Krakenthorp. This cameo role has a storied history of portrayal by actors and public figures (including late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader-Ginsburg and Golden Girl Bea Arthur). In MN Opera’s production, the role of the Duchess of Krakenthorp will be performed by RuPaul’s Drag Race double crown winner Monét X Change. Don’t miss Monét X Change this February 4–12!

Sung in French with English captions projected above the stage. Costumes created by Washington National Opera Costume Studio.

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Ordway Music Theater
345 Washington St
St Paul, MN 55102

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Act One

War is raging in the Tyrolean Mountains. The Marquise of Berkenfield, who is traveling in the area along with her faithful butler, Hortensius, finds that her path is suddenly blockaded by the French Army…

Director's Notes

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“One question I often hear when I tell people that I direct and choreograph both operas and musicals is, “Which do you prefer?” The truth is, I don’t approach either genre with a mindset that’s wildly different…”

Meet the Artists

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Recently, the skilled singers bringing the beloved characters of Marie and Tonio to life, Vanessa Becerra and David Portillo, sat down with us to answer a few questions about themselves…

Monét X Change

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Minnesota Opera’s The Daughter of the Regiment features a highly anticipated special guest to star as the infamous Duchess of Krakenthorp: Monét X Change…

Digital Program

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Check out the program for The Daughter of the Regiment! Read up on all the people and planning that made this production possible.

Composer Biography

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With nearly 70 operas to his credit, Gaetano Donizetti was the leading Italian composer in the decade between Vincenzo Bellini’s death and the ascent of Giuseppe Verdi.

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