Bellini's La Sonnambula
Jaco Van Dormael (stage director), Giampaolo Bisanti (conductor) — With Jessica Pratt (Amina), René Barbera (Elvino) ...
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Jaco Van Dormael — Stage director
Michèle Anne De Mey — Choreographer, stage director
Vincent Lemaire — Set designer
Fernand Ruiz — Costume designer
Nicolas Olivier — Lighting designer
Giacinto Caponio — Video
Jessica Pratt — Amina
René Barbera — Elvino
Marko Mimica — Count Rodolfo
Marina Monzó — Lisa
Julie Bailly — Teresa
Ugo Rabec — Alessio
Orchestra of the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège
Chorus of the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège
Giampaolo Bisanti — Conductor
Live from the Opéra Royal de Wallonie in Liège, Belgium, fall in love with Bellini's bel canto masterpiece La Sonnambula (The Sleepwalker) in a visually captivating new production by award-winning film director Jaco Van Dormael! Under the baton of renowned conductor Giampaolo Bisanti, the house's world-class orchestra and choir interpret the sublime score, the setting for some of the crown jewels of the opera repertoire, especially the soprano aria "Ah! Non credea mirarti."
In a peaceful Swiss village, the townsfolk are joyfully preparing to celebrate the marriage of a young couple, Amina (played by the marvelous Jessica Pratt) and Elvino (an excellent René Barbera). A stranger arrives on scene who turns out to be Count Rodolfo, long-lost son of the local castle's former lord. That night in the inn, he begins flirting with the proprietress Lisa, but they are interrupted by a sleepwalking Amina… Mistaking the count for her fiancé, she sings her love for him and reclines on his bed. Rodolfo escapes but the townsfolk discover Amina in his room and rumors of her infidelity begin to fly, quickly reaching Elvino, who is disinclined to believe that Amina was truly sleepwalking. Will the young woman succeed in winning back the trust of her betrothed? Find out in this superb staging by Van Dormael and Michèle Anne De Mey!
Photo © Jonathan Berger - ORW