Simone Alaimo (Il Conte Rodolfo), Eglise Gutierrez (Amina), Antonino Siragusa (Elvino), Sandra Pastrana (Lisa), Gabriella Colecchia (Teresa), Gabriele Nani (Alessio) & Max René Cosotti (Un notaro)
Orchestra & Chorus Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Maurizio Benini (conductor) & Hugo De Ana (director)
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La sonnambula (The Sleepwalker) is an opera semiseria in two acts, with music in the bel canto tradition by Vincenzo Bellini.
This 2008 production was staged by Hugo de Ana at the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari. The references to 17th century Romantic painting and refined visual projections are a tribute to Luchino Visconti. Visconti produced the memorable performance of La Sonnambula at the Scala di Milano with the magnificent Maria Callas.
Simone Alaimo is one of Italy’s best bass-baritones and Antonino Siragusa is a very experienced performer of Rossini and Bellini operas. The role of Amina is sung by the rising star of the International world, Eglise Gutierrez.
Eglise Gutierrez made her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 2009 as Linda di Chamounix and was praised by The Times for her “exceptional singing”. The Telegraph said she had “a curious voice…but with stratospheric notes that penetrate like rays of brilliant sun.”
Sound format: LPCM 2.0
Picture format: 16:9
Region Code: 0
Running Time: 141 mins
Booklet notes: IT/EN/FR/GER
“This performance of Bellini's lovely opera from Sardinia has a superb Amina in Eglise Gutierrez, the finest since Callas”
“This is not a perfect Sonnambula, but visually it's as lovely as can be imagined... for [Gutierrez] alone the DVD is a 'must'. [She] is a true lyric-coloratura, with luscious warmth in the lower middle but also a glittering extension beyond high C. Vocally she has every requirement for Amina...Maurizio Benini brings his considerable experience to the fore, leading a confident and stylistically astute performance.”
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