The 2018-2019 Metropolitan Opera’s Live-in-HD season of broadcasts from Lincoln Center to the Strand Theatre continues Saturday, March 2, at 1 p.m. with a simulcast of Donizetti’s “La Fille du Regiment.” An encore broadcast will be presented Tuesday, March 12, at 1 p.m. at the Strand, 345 Main St.

Tenor Javier Camarena and soprano Pretty Yende team up for a feast of bel canto vocal fireworks — including the show-stopping tenor aria “Ah! Mes amis … Pour mon âme,” with its nine high Cs. Alessandro Corbelli and Maurizio Muraro trade off as the comic Sergeant Sulpice, with mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe as the outlandish Marquise of Berkenfield. And in an exciting piece of casting, stage and screen icon Kathleen Turner makes her Met debut in the speaking role of the Duchess of Krakenthorp. Enrique Mazzola conducts.

“La Fille du Regiment” premiered in 1840 at the Opéra Comique, Paris. The frothy comedy mixes humor with a rush of buoyant melody and notorious vocal challenges. The story concerns a young orphan girl raised by an army regiment as their mascot and begins at the moment of her first stirrings of love. Complications (and comedy) ensue when her true identity is discovered.

“La Fille du Regiment” is sung in French with Met titles in English; run time is just over two and a half hours, including one 30-minute intermission. Tickets are $27, $15 for students younger than 19 and for college students with ID. Encore show tickets are $23/$5 day-of-show. For more information and live broadcast tickets, visit; call 594-0070, ext. 3; or email

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