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La Sonnambula © DR

Bellini La Sonnambula

From 15 June TO 26 June 2021
Théâtre des Champs-Elysées - Paris
Program

Bellini : La Sonnambula

Cast
  • Orchestre de Chambre de Paris
  • Choeur de Radio France
    Maîtrise des Hauts-de-Seine
  • Conductor
    Riccardo Frizza
  • Director
    Rolando Villazón
  • Performers
    Amina: Nadine Sierra
    Elvino: Francesco Demuro
    Il Conte Rodolfo: Alexander Tsymbalyuk
    Lisa: Jennifer France
Premium Category

Cat Premium: Get a seat in the best category with a diner at the Bar des Théâtres (choose your meal « Starter + Dish » or « Dish + Dessert », coffee and wine) before the performance from 6PM (for a night show) and from 12AM (for a morning show).

Note that the Bar des Théâtres is located at only 5 minutes walk from the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées. ( 44 rue Jean Goujon, 75008 Paris )

 

 

The Bar des Théâtres on the coffee side, will be pleased to welcome you in a cosy and elegant atmosphere, from Monday to Saturday from 11.30AM to 11.30PM and on Sunday only for Lunch.

This famous place opened after the 2nd world war, with a welcoming spirit. It's still the place to be after the performances at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées for a diner with friends or family where you'll probably be able to meet the artists at the next table.

  • Venue Info
  • Seating Plan
  • Synopsis

Théâtre des Champs-Elysées - Paris Location 15 Avenue Montaigne - 75008 Paris France

  • Venue's Capacity: 1985

The Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, initially planned for construction on the legendary avenue after which it was named, is in fact situated on Avenue Montaigne. It was in 1913 that the Parisian public first discovered the hall, an astonishing synthesis of tradition and modernity, with balconies that recall an Italian théâtre, while being supported by reinforced concrète, and with décoration at once sober and sumptuous. Speaking of eclecticism, the house's first season was quite surprising. THE BARBER OE SEVILLE was billed alongside BORIS GODUNOV, and it was here that Stravinsky RITE OF SPRING was premiered, provoking an infamous scandai. Nijinsky counted behind the scènes for the dancers in Russian, while Pierre Monteux kept time for the musicians, and Stravinsky ran back and forth between the stage and the audience, in an attempt to save the performance. After such an eventful start, the théâtre rapidely grew in réputation and Marcel Proust saluted Gabriel Astruc as being the manager «who staged BORIS GODUNOV, and who, in general, made up for the weaknesses of the Opéra and the Comic Opéra .»

After the First World War, concerts, opéras and ballets alternatively shared the programme, a tradition that still reigns today. Mozart's opéras were quite frequently staged, and performed by the visiting Vienna Opéra in 1924, 1947, 1949, and 1951. But the house also nurtured an affi-nity with Wagner's music; the Bayreuth troupe (with Lauritz Melchior) performed the entire Ring on the Champs-Elysées stage in 1929, and Furtwangler conducted the Walküre here in 1937.

Since the production of Boris Godunov that so enthused Marcel Proust, the théâtre also maintains close ties with the Russian réper­toire. After the bass Chaliapin and the Belgrad and Sofia Opéras, it is now the Kirov Théâtre from Saint Petersburg that regularly brings down the house.

More recently, the Champs-Elysées proposed Rimski-Korsakov's somewhat forgotten opéras in a séries of programmes that subtly mingled young talent with the grand tradition of the Vienna Philharmonie, in a concert hall entirely refurbished in 1986-87. Now equipped with a completely modernized stage machinery, the théâtre hasrevived the splendour of bygone days.

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Synopsis

La Sonnambula

LA SONNAMBULA, AN OPERA SEMISERIA

This opera, translated in English to 'The Sleepwalker', is in two acts with music composed by Vincenzo Bellini. The opera premiered in Milan at the Teatro Carcano on 6th March 1831, and in London at the King's Theatre on 28th July 1831.

The main female role of Amina is renowned for being a difficult part, with high notes and an excellent technique required. La Sonnambula was immediately popular and is still regularly performed today. Although this opera is not part of the standard repertoire, it is still performed frequently, and in 2011 it was produced in London by the Royal Opera House.

HISTORY

The opera is set in Italy in a village with a mill.

Act 1

The proprietress of the inn, Lisa, is jealous of the betrothal procession of Amina and Elvino as she herself was one betrothed to Elvino. Amina thanks her friends and family, and particularly Teresa who is her foster mother and adopted her as an orphan. Elvino arrives after visiting his mother's grave and he gives Amina his mother's ring. A stranger arrives in the village asking the way to the castle. Lisa explains it is too late to reach it and offers him a room at the inn. He admires Amina who reminds him of a girl he once loved. Elvino is jealous that the stranger admires Amina. Teresa explains that the lord's son is said to have disappeared years ago but the stranger assures her he is alive. He is warned to go to bed because of a village phantom that walks at night. Lisa tells the stranger that someone has recognised him as the lost son, Rodolfo. As she leaves she drops a handkerchief. Amina enters sleep walking and Rodolfo realises it is this that has caused the rumours of a phantom. He refrains from taking advantage of her and sees her innocence. She falls asleep on the sofa and Rodolfo goes outside to meet the villagers welcoming their long lost lord. Elvino rejects Amina, believing she has been faithless. It is only Teresa who believes Amina is innocent.

Act 2

Even when Count Rodolfo defends her innocence Elvino continues to reject Amina and he takes back the ring. Elvino then decides to marry Lisa but Rodolfo meets them on the way to the church and explains that Amina is a somnambulist; a sleepwalker. Teresa confronts Lisa and produces the handkerchief. Elvino demands proof and Amina then is seen sleepwalking on the dangerous mill bridge. When she wakes she finds herself in Elvino's arms to everyone's happiness.

MAIN ROLES

Count Rodolfo, long lost son of the lord, bass
Amina, female lead betrothed to Elvino, soprano
Elvino, betrothed to Amina, tenor
Lisa, inn owner, soprano
Teresa, mill owner, mezzo-soprano
Alessio, bass

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