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Bellini: La Sonnambula

Natalie Dessay (Amina) | Michele Pertusi (Il Conte Rodolfo) | Cornelia Oncioiu (Teresa) | Javier Camarena (Elvino) | Marie-Adeline Henry (Lisa) | Nahuel Di Pierro (Alessio) | Nahuel Di Pierre (La Voce) | Claudia Galli and Anna Wall (Due Cretesi)
Evelino Pidò, musical director; Marco Arturo Marelli, stage director and lighting; Dagmar Niefind, costume; Patrick Marie Aubert, choir master
Orchestra and choir of the Opéra national de Paris
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


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135 mins
Don Kent
Idéale Audience, in co-production with the Opéra national de Paris, NHK and Mezzo, in participation of France Televisions
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