La sonnambula in Barcelona



La sonnambula

Vincenzo Bellini

27, 28 and 30 January and 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 14 and 17 February 2014


Bel canto in the spirit of ballet blanc

If there is one title that occupies a unique place in Barcelona’s nearly two centuries of operatic history, it is unquestionably Bellini’s La sonnambula. Its Barcelona premiere, at the Teatre de la Santa Creu, went down in history as veritable apotheosis, an unqualified success, which was repeated when it came to the Gran Teatre del Liceu. An opera season without this masterpiece of bel canto was virtually unthinkable. Its unwittingly Freudian fascination with the loss of consciousness and its implicit fondness for the dreamlike create a truly Romantic ecstasy comparable to the ballets blancs then fashionable in imperial courts: Amina’s emotional fragility is on a par with Giselle’s. Marco Arturo Marelli’s production is perfectly in tune with the notion of semi-serious opera, striking a delicate balance between humour and Romantic pathos.  

Opera semiseria in two acts. Libretto by Felice Romani based on La Somnambule by Eugène Scribe and Germain Delavigne and  La Somnambule ou L’arrivée d’un nouveau seigneur by Eugène Scribe and Pierre Aumer. Music by Vincenzo Bellini. Premiered on 6 March 1831 at the Teatro Carcano in Milan. First Barcelona performance at the Teatre de la Santa Creu on 21 April 1836. First staged at the Gran Teatre del Liceu on 5 August 1848. Most recent performance at the Gran Teatre del Liceu: 29 January 1987.

Daniel Oren

Stage direction
Marco Arturo Marelli

Scenography and Lighting
Marco Arturo Marelli

Dagmar Niefind

Wiener Staatsoper (Viena) / Royal Opera House Covent Garden (London)

Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu



Amina Diana Damrau 27 and 30 Jan, 2, 5, 8, 11, 14 and 17 Feb
Patrizia Ciofi 28 Jan, 1, 4 and 9 Feb
Elvino Juan Diego Flórez 27 and 30 Jan, 2, 5, 8, 11 and 14 Feb
Celso Albelo 28 Jan, 1, 4, 9 and 17 Feb
Comte Rodolfo Nicola Ulivieri 27 and 30 Jan, 2, 5, 8, 11, 14 and 17 Feb
Michele Pertusi 28 Jan, 1, 4 and 9 Feb
Lisa Eleonora Buratto 27 and 30 Jan, 2, 5, 8, 11, 14 and 17 Feb
Sabina Puertolas 28 Jan, 1, 4 and 9 Feb
Teresa Gemma Coma-Alabert  
Alessio Alex Sanmartí  
Un notari Jordi Casanova


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Photos: RHO / Bill Cooper

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