Bellini: La Sonnambula
Co-production of the Vienna Staatsoper and of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Londres
In this elegiac universe, the arias sung by Amina, the kind-hearted young sleep-walker, are pure miracles of lunar poetry. For the first time at the Paris Opera Natalie Dessay sings one of the most beautiful roles of Italian romanticism. What a sense of refinement and finesse the 35 year-old Bellini possessed! This time, far from royal quarrels and feuds between famous historical characters, he finds his heroine in a small Swiss village. The modest and charming Amina is in fact a sleepwalker who, escaping from her bedroom, becomes another person as she wanders through the night. A score written in daydream where melody seems to be suspended in time and the heroine's very soul rises to the surface, and where instruments take on transparent water-colour tones. This elegiac universe is home to one of the most beautiful arias of the entire repertoire, "Ah, non credea mirarti”, a miracle of moonlit poetry. At the same time, Bellini portrays the cruellest of worlds – our own – where it is more than difficult for fragility and gentleness to make a place for themselves.
Vincenzo Bellini: La Sonnambula