Bellini's La Sonnambula

Marco Arturo Marelli (stage director), Evelino Pidò (conductor) – Natalie Dessay (Amina), Javier Camarena (Elvino) – Opéra Bastille

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Marco Arturo Marelli — Stage director, lighting

Dagmar Niefind-Marelli — Costumes

Natalie Dessay — Amina

Michele Pertusi — Il Conte Rodolfo

Cornelia Oncioiu — Teresa

Javier Camarena — Elvino

Marie-Adeline Henry — Lisa

Nahuel Di Pierro — Alessio

Claudia Galli — A Cretan Woman

Anna Wall — Second Cretan Woman

Orchestre du Théâtre National de l'Opéra de Paris

Evelino Pidò — Conductor

Chœurs du Théâtre National de l'Opéra de Paris

Patrick Marie Aubert — Chorus master

Program notes

For the first time at the Paris Opera, Natalie Dessay sings one of the most beautiful roles of Italian romanticism.

She embodies the modest and charming Amina, this sleepwalker who, escaping from her bedroom, becomes another person as she wanders through the night.

This opera by Bellini is a score seemingly written in a daydream, where melody is apparently suspended in time and the heroine's very soul rises to the surface, and where instruments take on transparent tones.

At the same time, Bellini portrays the cruelest of worlds – our own – where it is more than difficult for fragility and gentleness to shine past the darker rashness and unfriendliness of the characters.

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