Bellini: La Sonnambula / Ferro, Parodi, Mellor, Pratt, Mukeria

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Premiered in Milan on 6 March 1831, La Sonnambula is regarded as Bellini’s first true masterpiece. The opera teils the story of Amina, who is to marry Elvino, but sleepwalks into the room of Count Rodolfo the night before her wedding. Upon hearing of this deplorable incident, Elvino calls off the wedding. Although Rodolfo confirms her innocence, Elvino remains steel-hearted, until Amina sleepwalks again… This new production of La Sonnambula dazzles with lovingly detailed and imaginative sets which repro­duce a Swiss alpine resort in the 1930s (Bellini himself set the action in a Swiss village). Complete with a majestic mountain panorama, a cable car and a grand salon, not to mention the colorfully dressed resort guests, the settings deploy an enchanting picture book of visual surprises. Director Bepi Morassi interweaves subtle details that reflect the social realities of today, such as a marriage contract.

Vincenzo Bellini

Count Rodolfo – Giovanni Battista Parodi
Teresa – Julie Mellor
Amina – Jessica Pratt
Elvino – Shalva Mukeria
Lisa – Anna Viola
Alessio – Dario Ciotoli
A Notary – Raffaele Pastori

Teatro la Fenice Chorus and Orchestra
(chorus master: Claudio Marino Moretti)
Gabriele Ferro, conductor

Bepi Morassi, stage director
Massimo Checchetto, set designer

Recorded live from the Teatro La Fenice, 2012

Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Sound format: PCM Stereo / DTS 5.1
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean
Booklet notes: English, German, French
Running time: 132 mins
No. of DVDs: 1 (DVD 9)

Product Description:

  • Release Date: September 24, 2013

  • Catalog Number: 713908

  • UPC: 814337011390

  • Label: C Major

  • Number of Discs: 1

  • Composer: Vincenzo Bellini

  • Conductor: Gabriele Ferro

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Venice Teatro la Fenice Chorus, Venice Teatro la Fenice Orchestra

  • Performer: Anna Viola, Dario Ciotoli, Giovanni Battista Parodi, Jessica Pratt, Julie Mellor, Raffaele Pastori, Shalva Mukeria


  1. La sonnambula

    Composer: Vincenzo Bellini

    Ensemble: Venice Teatro la Fenice Chorus, Venice Teatro la Fenice Orchestra

    Performer: Dario Ciotoli (Bass), Julie Mellor (Mezzo Soprano), Shalva Mukeria (Tenor), Giovanni Battista Parodi (Baritone), Raffaele Pastori (Tenor), Jessica Pratt (Soprano), Anna Viola (Soprano)

    Conductor: Gabriele Ferro