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Behind the scenes of 'The Daughter of the Regiment'

Sept. 21, 2016

At the dress rehearsal on Sept. 12 for IU Opera and Ballet Theater's "The Daughter of the Regiment," the Concert Orchestra and its conductor, Marzio Conti, arrived fully equipped and prepared to perform alongside the cast. The rehearsal was conducted as an actual performance with the cast in period costumes on a fully dressed stage, accompanied by finalized lighting cues.

The plot follows the story of Marie, an orphaned child who was brought up as the spoiled darling of a French grenadier regiment and raised to marry one of its own. When she falls for the peasant Tonio, he enlists to fit the bill. But all is not well. Unfortunately, it’s discovered that Marie is noble by birth -- with her new guardian, the Marquise, insisting she “marry up” and learn “proper” social graces! Will the cavalry arrive in time to save Marie and ensure that true love triumphs? Find out in the opera that vaulted a young Luciano Pavarotti to fame with its famous tenor aria that boasts nine high C’s.

Enter to win

Current IU faculty and staff using a valid IU email address can enter to win two tickets to IU Opera and Ballet Theater's "The Daughter of the Regiment" at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23, an $84 value. The contest opens Sept. 21 and closes 4 p.m. Sept. 22.

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