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This review is from: Gaetano Donizetti - La Fille du régiment / Dessay, Florez, Palmer, Corbelli, French, Campanella, Pelly (Royal Opera House 2007) [DVD]  [NTSC] (DVD)
The praise heaped on this production's direction, choreography, casting and singing can be found in most Amazon reviews and all over the internet.
My one reservation, oddly enough, was the comedy.
I read once how a great director of comedy would give the actors full rein, encouraging them to greater and greater heights of lunacy and bad behaviour, and then, at the dress rehearsal, he would rein things in and turn down the gas just a little. Mixed metaphors, sorry.
This did not happen here. Of the natural comic actors in this production, only Andrea Corbelli, in my opinion, got it pitch perfect in every scene. Natalie Dessay and Felicity Palmer both needed bringing down a notch, and Dawn French needed bringing down several. Good comedy is not about hitting your audience over the head with a sledgehammer.
But I have a friend who is a real opera buff who loved it and could find no fault, so there you go.
Gaetano Donizetti - La Fille du régiment / Dessay, Florez, Palmer, Corbelli, French, Campanella, Pelly (Royal Opera House 2007) [DVD]  [NTSC](41 customer reviews)