La Sonnambula - Live in HD (DVD) - Met Opera

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Juan Diego Flórez undertakes the role of Elvino in Bellini's romantic drama, playing opposite the mercurial French soprano, Natalie Dessay, in the Met's striking, modern-dress production from March 2009. Bellini's romantic opera La Sonnambula (1831), hinges on the love and misunderstanding between Elvino and Amina (the "sleepwalker" of the title).  Discovered in the bedroom of Rodolfo, Amina is assumed to have been unfaithful, and Elvino cancels their wedding. But in the dramatic final scene, he witnesses Amina sleepwalking, understands her innocence, and all ends happily. Mary ZimmermanÍs production plays with the dual realities of a rehearsal of the opera and a performance of the opera itself.

La Sonnambula (DVD)
Composer: Vincenzo Bellini
Release Date: 2010
Conductor: Evelino Pidò
Stage Director: Mary Zimmerman

Juan Diego Flórez
Natalie Dessay
Michele Pertusi

Orchestra: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Chorus
Label: Decca

BONUS FEATURE: Interviews by Deborah Voigt

Duration: 120 mins (opera)
Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese
Picture Format: 16:9 (anamorphic widescreen), Color, NTSC
Region: Region Free, Worldwide



Vincenzo Bellini’s La Sonnambula

Bellini’s sweet love story is filled with vocal fireworks, including one of opera’s most spectacular mad scenes. The title role of the sleepwalking Amina has attracted some of the greatest singers in history, beginning with the legendary Giuditta Pasta, who starred in the 1831 premiere.


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