An Introduction to Bellini's La Sonnambula

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An Introduction to Bellini's La Sonnambula



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27th Oct 2008




78 minutes


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An Introduction to Bellini's La Sonnambula


La Sonnambula

An introduction to the Opera

David Timson (narrator)



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12-page booklet

Written by Thomson Smillie

This audiobook series introduces, in words and music, the plot and background of major operas. Using the principal themes and arias, taken from the Naxos recordings of the complete works, the presentation is informative yet entertaining, enabling the listener to get more from this remarkable art form.

La sonnambula was written by Bellini as a vehicle for two of the supreme singers of his age and accordingly is a fine example of the school we call bel canto, where beauty of voice and the virtuosity of the singers is integral to conveying the emotions in the soul of the composer.

The fact that Bellini was one of the great melodists, writing long, beautiful vocal lines, that he was a master orchestrator and that he could write stirringly for the chorus all conspire to make La sonnambula an extremely enjoyable example of Italian opera in its prime.

Vincenzo Bellini: An Introduction to … BELLINI La sonnambula

Background: Introduction

Background: Rossini and Donizetti

Background: Bellini: his life and other operas

La sonnambula: The plot and bel canto

La sonnambula: Prelude and Lisa's cavatina

La sonnambula: Amina's entrance

La sonnambula: Amina and Elvino's love duet

La sonnambula: Enter Count Rodolfo

La sonnambula: Exit Count Rodolfo, and other love duet

La sonnambula: Lisa's visit and Amina's sleepwalking

La sonnambula: Broken-hearted Elvino

La sonnambula: Elvino still feels betrayed

La sonnambula: Plot revelations

La sonnambula: The 'mad' scene

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