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Featured Artists in 'The Daughter of the Regiment'

Tenor Juan Diego Florez is one of today's leading tenors, and has sung major roles in numerous bel canto operas by Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti. Getty Images hide caption

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Complete Cast of La fille du regiment

Natalie Dessay (soprano, Marie); Juan Diego Florez (tenor, Tonio); Carlos Alvarez (bass, Sulpice); Janina Baechle (mezzo-soprano, The Marquise of Birkenfeld); Montserrat Caballe (spoken role, The Duchess of Crackentorp); Clemens Unterreiner (bass, Hortensius); Marcus Pelz (bass, A Corporal)

The Vienna State Opera's production of La fille du regiment features two of today's foremost bel canto artists, soprano Natalie Dessay and tenor Juan Diego Florez.

Juan Diego Florez

Tenor (Tonio)

Juan Diego Florez is one of the world's most popular and acclaimed bel canto tenors, and is currently booked through 2013 for performances at opera houses including La Scala, the Metropolitan Opera, the Vienna State Opera, London's Royal Opera, the Houston Grand Opera and the Deutsche Oper in Berlin.

At La Scala alone, Florez has appeared in operas including Rossini's The Barber of Seville, Cenerentola and L'Italiana in Algeri, Gluck's Armide, Verdi's Falstaff and Bellini's La sonnambula. At the Metropolitan, he has appeared in those same Rossini operas, as well as Donizetti's Don Pasquale. Florez has also collaborated with many of the world's great conductors, including Riccardo Muti, James Levine, Riccardo Chailly, John Eliot Gardiner and Neville Marriner.

Florez has recorded a number of CDs on the London/Decca label, and has appeared on DVD releases of The Barber of Seville and Donizetti's The Daughter of the Regiment.

Natalie Dessay

Soprano (Marie)

Natalie Dessay was born in Lyon, France, and studied both music and dance at the Conservatoire in Paris, where she won a first prize at age 20. She made her debut as Olympia in Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann in 1992, and one year later made her debut with the Vienna State Opera. She also sang the role of Olympia in her debut at La Scala, in Milan.

In addition to success in numerous bel canto operas, including Donizetti's Lucia and Bellini's La sonnamubla, Dessay's varied repertory also includes Stravinsky's The Nightingale, Handel's Alcina, Thomas's Hamlet and Gounod's Romeo and Juliet.

Dessay has recorded for EMI and Virgin Classics, and has appeared in DVD releases of both The Nightingale and Hamlet. She is also featured in a solo CD release, "The Miracle of the Voice." She and her husband, the baritone Laurent Naouri, have two children.