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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Aug. 2007
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 142,718 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Donizetti's first French opera, and one of his most successful works. Filmed at the Sydney Opera House, this performance is directed by Sandro Sequi, and Joan Sutherland and Anson Austin take the lead roles.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Edward Milner on 24 Nov. 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I haven't seen any other DVD s of this opera, but it is hard to credit the possibility of this being surpassed ~ it has to be the definitive version, surely. As I write I am jusr backtracking to Tonio's aria towards the end of Act I ... SPLENDID (My Soul now has a future ...).. Anson Austin

I was fortunate in finding a Region 0 version which subsequently seems to have gone off the lists.

Not quite certain of the DVD genre, having grown up looking for a good vinyl recording and later CD s .... this is one where you can feel you are in a good theatre seat and not given a close up of the tonsils of the singers. I am reasonably impressed with the sound, and the filming of a live performance has a spontaneity advantage over the recording studio. And if you don't like what tyhe cameraman is focussing on one can always close ones eyes.
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By Plain Jane on 22 Aug. 2014
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Delightful to see & hear Sutherland in comic role even if staging, costumes etc rather dated.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
A delightful staging, and a horrible DVD production 30 July 2002
By Ben Lin - Published on
Format: DVD
I had watched my VHS tape for years and enjoyed the staging of this comic opera. I ordered the DVD when it came out, and boy, did I regret it! The DVD production is horrible! It came at the usual poor Kultur DVD production level (no extra features, DD2.0 sound, no subtitle selection, etc.) That's fine, I can live with that. But the video quality is so poor, you can literally see the screen as a bunch of small pixels! I don't know what kind of video compression technique was used for the DVD production, but it is about as poor (if not poorer) than a VCD (MPEG1) quality. And the compression is so bad that some times you watch the action in slow motion!
Regarding the opera production, it is a real delight! Joan may not have all her power and high notes in her prime, but she showed us what a brilliant actress she is. The orchestra played real well under Richard's conducting. The tenor is no Pavarotti, but is quite acceptable.
I just hope that Kultur can start improving their DVD production quality. Otherwise, so many great performing archives that Kultur owns the release right will be ruined.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Sutherland an absolute delight as Marie! 8 Jun. 2004
By Mike Leone - Published on
Format: DVD
This live performance of La fille du régiment was made roughly 15 years after Sutherland's celebrated commercial recording of the opera with Pavarotti. She was just short of 60 years old at the time of this performance and was at the time enjoying a sort of renaissance of renewed strength and vigor in her voice. I saw her in four performances of Anna Bolena in Houston just two months prior to this Fille, and in a challenging concert in Dallas about six months after, and noted that she sounded magnificent each time I saw her. Here, she is in good representative form for the period.
Even though Sutherland was best known for the many heroines, most of them loony, that she portrayed in the serious operas of the bel canto era, her true métier was comedy. Her sense of timing was flawless. At Marie's entrance Sutherland appears to do several drum rolls and then one time the offstage drummer does a roll that she "accidentally" fails to follow, with a delightful reaction on her part; she returns to this joke once more during her entrance aria that follows. The second act includes a long comic tour de force as Sutherland, playing a canteen girl brought against her will into high society, is forced to rehearse a rather long-winded and stuffy song her "aunt" (actually her mother trying to cover up Marie's illegitimate birth) wants her to perform. For me the highlight of her visual performance involves one of the oldest gags in the book, a scene where she follows her aunt around mimicking her gestures; each time the poor aunt turns around Marie adopts a pose facing the audience that belies the fact that she has been making fun of her. She is so natural and so delightful in this scene that she had me rolling on the floor with laughter.
But what about vocally? you ask. How does she measure up? Well, I'll start with the bad stuff, what little of it there is: Sutherland simplifies the music only very slightly from her celebrated recording from 15 years earlier (a high note omitted here, a long note cut short there), and her imitation of a bugle call near the beginning of the opera contains a few (and I mean few) notes that are a bit flat, a flaw she corrects by the end of that call. Other than that, she is in very good voice, with even the famous Sutherland trill still very much in place. Perhaps I might be expected to say at this point that "she is in very good voice for an almost-60-year-old woman," and as it turns out no apologies are necessary. Sopranos half her age might well have cause to be envious. We were very fortunate to have Sutherland for as long as we did; when will her like come along again? And while it is true that most of the men in the chorus who played her many loving regimental "fathers" do appear to be half Sutherland's age or younger, this was probably less evident in actual performance than on television. Still the television director, not wanting to push his luck, uses few true close-ups. Bottom line is that the audience truly loves her, and who can blame them?
The rest of the cast does not let the side down either. Veteran Heather Begg, looking and sounding older than she probably actually was (check her out in the Adriana Lecouvreur video made two years later to get a better idea of her actual age), is appropriately snooty and stuffy. She also shows herself to be a good comic actress as well, particularly in the aforementioned rehearsal scene. Anson Austin, Sutherland's partner in a number of these Australian videos, sings well enough. He does sound a bit raw in a few of the nine high C's in his big aria, although he recovers in time to do a good and long-held final one. Gregory Yurisich as Sergeant Sulpice is nowhere near as crusty as I might expect an old sergeant to be; still he was fun to watch and very much into the piece. Richard Bonynge's conducting is buoyant and very supportive of the singers.
Production values could have been a bit better. All we get is the opera with no special features. Picture and sound are good, although it would have been nice to at least be able to turn the subtitles on and off, something that is possibly not Kultur's fault. Anyway, the lack of special features is the only reason I gave the DVD four stars instead of five.
This is easily the best of the Sutherland videos that I have seen, even if I still regret that nobody took the time to videotape her Semiramide or Esclarmonde. Highly recommended for those who want to spend a couple of hours enjoying one of the more fun comic operas, and even more highly recommended for Sutherland fans.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
It's good, but 6 Jun. 2003
By A Customer - Published on
Format: DVD
Sutherland is good here. But she is spectacular in the DVD "The Complete Bell Telephone Hour Performances 1961-1968, and the VHS "Age of Bel Canto". These two are Joan Sutherland's most accomplished performances and among the most mind bogglingly awesome recordings available today.
In this Daugher of the regiment, she is way past her prime. If you like the opera, buy the Sutherland/Pavarotti cd or cassette instead.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Sutherland should have done comedy sooner!! 30 July 2009
By Operafilly - Published on
Format: DVD
When this came out most of us never knew Dame Joan had such a flair for comedy. The only weakness in this delightful production is our tenor who does hit all the notes, and even looks pretty good, but just doesn't have the ring and focus that we would want in Tonio's voice. Other that that I have no complaints. In fact, the character parts couldn't be better and the staging is excellent. I have 12 videos of Fille, most are very good. This is one of the best, other greats being Kraus/Welting and Dessay/Florez and Devia/Kelly.

I have this on vhs so I can't speak to dvd transfer quality or lack thereof.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
DVD of La Fille du Regiment starring Joan Sutherland 9 Aug. 2009
By Bill Bass - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Although an old recording (1986), this is an excellent example of Joan Sutherland in a role for which she was famous. Her voice, and her control of it, is still impressive - although it lacks some of the brilliant clarity it had at its peak. Any Sutherland aficionado will appreciate this performance.
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