Opera

Bellini's La Sonnambula

Jaco Van Dormael (stage director), Giampaolo Bisanti (conductor) — With Jessica Pratt (Amina), René Barbera (Elvino) ...

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Cast

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

Program notes

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

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