Bellini: La Sonnambula (the complete opera, recorded in 2009)

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Bellini: La Sonnambula (the complete opera, recorded in 2009)
Metropolitan Opera / Juan Diego Florez, Natalie Dessay, Michele Pertusi / Evelino Pido (conductor)

[ Decca Music Group / DVD ]

Release Date: Thursday 11 March 2010

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Rated: G - Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993Suitable for General Audiences

G:- "[The rehearsal conceit] may sound like a straight thumbs-down. But it works....almost without knowing it, one is drawn into the work itself, rejoicing in the power of song...Juan Diego Flórez has an abundance of all that is required and enjoys a well-deserved ovation after his solo in Act 2...Evelino Pidò conducts with judicious flexibility." Gramophone Magazine, July 2010

"[The rehearsal conceit] may sound like a straight thumbs-down. But it works....almost without knowing it, one is drawn into the work itself, rejoicing in the power of song...Juan Diego Flórez has an abundance of all that is required and enjoys a well-deserved ovation after his solo in Act 2...Evelino Pidò conducts with judicious flexibility." Gramophone Magazine, July 2010

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 Zimmerman's production plays with the dual realities of a rehearsal of the opera and a performance of the opera itself.

In his latest Decca DVD release, bel canto star Juan Diego Flórez assumes 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, screening live worldwide in March 2009.

The MET's 'La Sonnambula' website reads: "Mary Zimmerman, who directed Natalie Dessay in last season's hit new production of Lucia di Lammermoor, underlines La Sonnambula's dual elements of sleep and wakefulness in an intriguing staging set in the present. Bellini's hauntingly lyrical score soars as performed by Dessay and Juan Diego Flórez, back from their sensational run together in La Fille du Régiment in leading opera houses around the world."

The DVD release will benefit from the addition of the customary MET backstage and interview footage, familiar to devotees of their live worldwide cinema broadcasts.

Filmed in High Definition Widescreen.