“Here's the smell of the blood still…” with these words Lady MacBeth betrays herself and her crimes, during a night of somnambulism. Though Vincenzo Bellini’s La Sonnambula is much less tragic than Shakespeare, its twists and turns are no less surprising! Compared to the queen of Scotland’s malevolence, Bellini presents a much more innocent and pastoral subject, but the idyll quickly falls apart when Amina, the miller, begins to wander through the village in the deepest sleep. Blurring the lines between imagination and reality, Bellini’s opera, with Felice Romani’s masterful Italian libretto, offers ethereal and dreamy arias, such as the legendary “Ah! Non credea mirarti” (“I had not thought I would see you!”) The aria is so beautiful that it is said that Maria Callas, in the main role at the Scala in Milan, was called to stage 23 times!
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La Sonnambula is considered, along with I Puritani and Norma, one of the masterpieces by the great Sicilian composer Vincenzo Bellini. The libretto of this semi-seria opera (between an opera seria and an opera buffa) was inspired by a vaudeville by Eugène Scribe, and under the pen of Felice Romani—one of the best Italian librettists of all time—La Sonnambula delivers the perfect Mozartian balance between serious and facetious! Exploiting the theme of sleepwalking, quite the trend at the time, Bellini makes us dream upon the notes of the most sublime arias. The melody of “Ah! Non credea mirarti” (“I had not thought I would see you!”), sung during the last act, is now famous around the world. On medici.tv, come and immerse yourself in Bellini’s La Sonnambula, along with many other operas from the rich Italian tradition. You will not believe your eyes!