LA SONNAMBULA is one of those operas that has hovered on the edge of the standard repertoire long after its primary success and popularity. It is probably the one score of . La Sonnambula is a work that has not entered the consciousness of the general opera-going public in the manner of its contemporaries like Lucia di Lammermoor, Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Norma, Bellini’s most famous work. The Met had not performed the piece since , and, frankly, few were clamoring for it. Vincenzo Bellini 2 act opera, "La Sonnambula" (The Sleeper) premiered on March 6, , at Teatro Carcano in Milan, Italy. The story takes place in a picturesque, pastoral village in Switzerland. The story takes place in a picturesque, pastoral village in Switzerland. “Quite simply, Natalie Dessay is the most accomplished and the most affecting Amina on record since Callas,” wrote BBC Music Magazine, awarding five stars to this recording of La sonnambula. Find great deals on eBay for sonnambula. Shop with confidence.
Performances run through April 3, with Barry Banks singing Elvino at the final performance.
Bellini: La sonnambula
Zimmerman returns with the creative team that collaborated on her hit production of Lucia di Lammermoor, which opened the season: Daniel Ostling , set designer; Mara Blumenfeld , costume designer; T. Gerckens , lighting designer; and Daniel Pelzig , choreographer. The performance on March 21 will be transmitted live in high definition to over 35 countries around the world as part to The Met: Live in HD series. Zimmerman sets the action in a modern-day rehearsal room, where a company of singers is rehearsing La Sonnambula "The Sleepwalker".
Her theatrical conception mirrors the act of sleepwalking. This production reunites her with two collaborators from last season: Dessay sing beautifully, but she also gives us something to look at every moment, acting out coloratura passages in detail Dessay puts on quite a show. The crowd, as they say, went wild.
Dessay And Florez Star In LA SONNAMBULA Opening 3/2
The Peruvian tenor's Met debut in as Almaviva was followed by two more Rossini roles: He also sang Ernesto in the new production premiere of Donizetti's Don Pasquale in Pertusi has sung in most of the world's major opera houses including Paris, Vienna, Berlin, La Scala in Milan, and many others.
About the production team Mary Zimmerman made her Met debut with last season's opening night new production of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor. The Associated Press writer praised both Zimmerman and Dessay who, "have given the Met a Lucia di Lammermoor worth keeping, one that's handsomely traditional and imaginatively provocative at the same time. She is a prolific adaptor-director whose works, such as The Odyssey, Arabian Nights, and The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci, have been seen in theaters throughout the country and abroad.
Ostling is an ensemble member of Lookingglass Theatre in Chicago where he designs sets this season for The Brothers Karamazov.
Mara Blumenfeld is also an ensemble member of Lookingglass Theatre, where her costume designs for Lookingglass Alice earned her a Drama Desk nomination. Choreographer Daniel Pelzig made his Met debut working with Mary Zimmerman and the rest of the production team on Lucia di Lammermoor last season.
Three thousand free tickets will be available 2 tickets per person on a first-come, first-served basis at the Met box office, beginning at Live broadcasts around the world La Sonnambula is being seen and heard by millions of people around the world this season in movie theaters, on the radio and via the internet, through distribution platforms the Met has established with various media partners.
The March 21 matinee will be transmitted live in high definition to movie theaters around the world as part of The Met: Live in HD series, which has now sold over one million tickets for this season's series of 11 transmissions.
The March 2 premiere will also be available via RealNetworks internet streaming at the Met's web site, www. Under the leadership of General Manager Peter Gelb and Music Director James Levine , the Met has a series of bold initiatives underway that are designed to broaden its audience and revitalize the company's repertory. The Met has made a commitment to presenting modern masterpieces alongside the classic repertory, with highly theatrical productions featuring the greatest opera stars in the world.
The Metropolitan Opera's season pays tribute to the company's extraordinary history on the occasion of its th anniversary, while also emphasizing the Met's renewed commitment to advancing the art form. The Met's recently announced season will feature eight new productions, four of which are Met premieres. Opening night will be a new production of Tosca starring Karita Mattila, conducted by Levine and directed by Luc Bondy. The four Met premieres are: Building on its year-old radio broadcast history - currently heard over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network - the Met now uses advanced media distribution platforms and state-of-the-art technology to attract new audiences and reach millions of opera fans around the world.
The Emmy Award-winning The Met: Live in HD series reached more than , people in the season, more than the number of people who saw performances in the opera house.
In the season, the HD series expanded to feature 11 live transmissions, starting with the Met's Opening Night Gala and spanning the entire season.
The HD productions are seen this season in over theaters in 31 countries around the world. The Opening Night transmission was seen in the Americas only; the remaining ten high-definition productions are shown live worldwide on Saturdays through May 9 with encores scheduled at various times.
Live in HD in Schools, the Met's new program offering free opera transmissions to New York City schools in partnership with the New York City Department of Education and the Metropolitan Opera Guild, reached more than 7, public school students and teachers during the season.
This season, Live in HD in Schools expanded to reach schools in 18 cities and communities nationwide. Continuing its innovative use of electronic media to reach a global audience, the Metropolitan Opera recently introduced Met Player, a new subscription service that makes its extensive video and audio catalog of full-length performances available to the public for the first time online, and in exceptional, state-of-the-art quality. The new service currently offers historic audio recordings, and more than 50 full-length opera videos are available, including over a dozen of the company's acclaimed The Met: Live in HD transmissions, known for their extraordinary sound and picture quality.
New content, including HD productions and archival broadcasts, are added monthly. Metropolitan Opera Radio on SIRIUS XM Radio is a subscription-based audio entertainment service broadcasting both an unprecedented number of live performances each week throughout the Met's entire season, as well as rare historical performances, newly restored and remastered, spanning the Met's year broadcast history.
The company's groundbreaking commissioning program in partnership with New York's Lincoln Center Theater LCT provides renowned composers and playwrights with the resources to create and develop new works at the Met and at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theater. The Met's partnership with LCT is part of the company's larger initiative to commission new operas from contemporary composers, present modern masterpieces alongside the classic repertory, and provide a venue for artists to nurture their work.
The Met has launched several audience development initiatives such as the company's Open House Dress Rehearsals, which are free and open to the public.
Just prior to beginning the current season, the Met presented a free performance of the Verdi Requiem on September 18, in tribute to the late Luciano Pavarotti. This season's special Holiday Presentation was Julie Taymor 's production of Mozart's The Magic Flute, an abridged, English-language version of the opera which received four special matinee performances and one holiday evening performance as a way for families to celebrate the holiday season.