Fun Facts

Since the Duchess of Krakenthorp’s role is only spoken, she doesn’t have to be played by a trained opera singer. For this reason, directors often hire celebrities to perform the role; in a 2016 production at Washington National Opera, the Duchess was played by Supreme Court Justice (and opera buff) Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Today, the main creative talents behind La Fille du Régiment are still remembered in the city of Paris, where a visitor can stroll along the Rue Donizetti, Rue St. Georges, and Rue Bayard.