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'When my enemies stop hissing, I shall know I'm slipping.'

-Maria Callas
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Vincenzo Bellini 2 act opera, 'La Sonnambula' (The Sleeper) premiered on March 6, 1831, at Teatro Carcano in Milan, Italy. The story takes place in a picturesque, pastoral village in Switzerland. ACT 1 Wedding preparations are taking place for Amina and Elvino. The Sonnambula is a handwritten and expanded font, designed to write very elegant titles or calligraphic texts. The name of this typography is dedicated to the opera La Sonnambula by Vincenzo Bellini, performed by Maria Callas in Milan in 1957. Include Bitcoin Symbol (b#) Use the following characters for the ornaments:. The Tony award-winning director transfers Bellini’s bucolic tale to a rehearsal room in contemporary New York, where an opera company rehearses La Sonnambula—and where the singers are truly in love with each other.

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Tutto è gioia, tutto è festa - No. 2, Cavatina
from Act I of the Italian opera, La Sonnambula by Vincenzo Bellini
Libretto : Felice Romani

  • Role : Lisa, an inn-keeper who is in love with Elvino
  • Voice Part : soprano Fach : lyric coloratura soubrette
  • Setting : The village green of a village in Switzerland, early 19th century
  • Range : D#/Eb4 to C6. Tessitura : G#/Ab4 to G#/Ab5
  • Synopsis : Lisa says that, while all around her is joyous for the marriage of Elvino and Amina, she is unhappy and jealous because she is in love with Elvino.
  • Sound file : none
  • Translation and/or Aria Text : Libretto originally entered by Giovanni Christen from OperaGlass.
  • Recordings : Complete OperaExcerpts from Opera
  • Where to Find It : Score of opera - Classical Vocal Reprints, 1-800-298-7474. Catalog #50021 (Ricordi). Buy complete score online at Sheet Music Plus.


Care compagne…Come per me serena - No. 4, Recitative and Cavatina
from Act I of the Italian opera, La Sonnambula by Vincenzo Bellini
Libretto : Felice Romani

  • Role : Amina, an orphan who has been adopted by Teresa
  • Voice Part : soprano Fach : lyric coloratura
  • Setting : The village green of a village in Switzerland, early 19th century
  • Range : D4 to C6. Tessitura : G4 to G#/Ab5
  • Synopsis : Amina thanks all the attendees to her wedding to Elvino, saying that they have made her life happy. She then thanks her mother for watching over her. She goes on, saying that this day is beautiful like the flowers and that all nature rejoices for her love.
  • Sound file : none
  • Translation and/or Aria Text : Libretto originally entered by Giovanni Christen from OperaGlass.
  • Recordings : Complete OperaExcerpts from Opera
  • Where to Find It : Score of opera - Classical Vocal Reprints, 1-800-298-7474. Catalog #50021 (Ricordi). Buy complete score online at Sheet Music Plus.
La Sonnambula


Sovra il sen la man mi posa - No. 4, Cabaletta to Care compagne…Come per me serena
from Act I of the Italian opera, La Sonnambula by Vincenzo Bellini
Libretto : Felice Romani

  • Role : Amina, an orphan who has been adopted by Teresa
  • Voice Part : soprano Fach : lyric coloratura
  • Setting : The village green of a village in Switzerland, early 19th century
  • Range : D#/Eb4 to C#/Db6. Tessitura : G#/Ab4 to G#/Ab5
  • Synopsis : On her wedding day, Amina sings that she is so filled with joy that she cannot find the words to tell how happy she is.
  • Sound file : none
  • Translation and/or Aria Text : Libretto originally entered by Giovanni Christen from OperaGlass.
  • Recordings : Complete OperaExcerpts from Opera
  • Where to Find It : Score of opera - Classical Vocal Reprints, 1-800-298-7474. Catalog #50021 (Ricordi). Buy complete score online at Sheet Music Plus.


Vi ravviso, o luoghi ameni - No. 6, Cavatina
from Act I of the Italian opera, La Sonnambula by Vincenzo Bellini
Libretto : Felice Romani

  • Role : Count Rodolfo, Lord of the village
  • Voice Part : bass Fach : lyric bass
  • Setting : The village green of a village in Switzerland, early 19th century
  • Range : G2 to C#/Db4. Tessitura : D#/Eb3 to C#/Db4
  • Synopsis : Count Rodolfo has come in disguise to stay a night at Lisa's inn. He speaks to himself of the days of his youth when all was tranquil and serene. He regrets that he will never be able to recapture them.
  • Sound file : none
  • Translation and/or Aria Text : Libretto originally entered by Giovanni Christen from OperaGlass.
  • Recordings : Complete OperaExcerpts from Opera
  • Where to Find It : Score of opera - Classical Vocal Reprints, 1-800-298-7474. Catalog #50021 (Ricordi). Buy complete score online at Sheet Music Plus.


Tu non sai conquei begli occhi - No. 6, Cabaletta to Vi ravviso, o luoghi ameni
from Act I of the Italian opera, La Sonnambula by Vincenzo Bellini
Libretto : Felice Romani

  • Role : Count Rodolfo, Lord of the village
  • Voice Part : bass Fach : lyric bass
  • Setting : The village green of a village in Switzerland, early 19th century
  • Range : C3 to D#/Eb4. Tessitura : D#/Eb3 to C#/Db4
  • Synopsis : Count Rodolfo has come in disguise to stay a night at Lisa's inn. He sees Amina and tells her of her beauty and how she reminds him of his youth.
  • Sound file : none
  • Translation and/or Aria Text : Libretto originally entered by Giovanni Christen from OperaGlass.
  • Recordings : Complete OperaExcerpts from Opera
  • Where to Find It : Score of opera - Classical Vocal Reprints, 1-800-298-7474. Catalog #50021 (Ricordi). Buy complete score online at Sheet Music Plus.
La Sonnambula


Ah! perchè non posso odiarti - No. 11
from Act II, Scene 1 of the Italian opera, La Sonnambula by Vincenzo Bellini
Libretto : Felice Romani

  • Role : Elvino, a wealthy peasant
  • Voice Part : tenor Fach : tenor leggiero
  • Setting : A shady valley between the village and the castle, Switzerland, early 19th century
  • Range : F3 to A#/Bb5. Tessitura : F3 to G4
  • Synopsis : Elvino is angry with Amina because he caught her in Rodolfo's bedroom asleep. Even though Rodolfo was not in the room and even though Amina arrived to the room via sleepwalking, he believes that she was there to sleep with another man. Elvino has now met Amina and takes the ring he gave her back. He knows that she loves him and that he loves her. He can't figure out why she was in another room though. He sings of these mixed feelings.
  • Sound file : none
  • Translation and/or Aria Text : Libretto originally entered by Giovanni Christen from OperaGlass.
  • Recordings : Complete OperaExcerpts from Opera
  • Where to Find It : Score of opera - Classical Vocal Reprints, 1-800-298-7474. Catalog #50021 (Ricordi). Buy complete score online at Sheet Music Plus.
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De' lieti auguri a voi - No. 12
from Act II, Scene 2 of the Italian opera, La Sonnambula by Vincenzo Bellini
Libretto : Felice Romani

  • Role : Lisa, an inn-keeper who is in love with Elvino
  • Voice Part : soprano Fach : lyric coloratura soubrette
  • Setting : Near the mill in a Swiss village, early 19th century
  • Range : F4 to C6. Tessitura : A5 to A6
  • Synopsis : Lisa has convinced Elvino to marry her instead of his love, Amina, who he thinks is unfaithful to him. The villagers greet her and give her their best wishes. She sings her thanks to them, saying that the love she received from them will never leave her.
  • Sound file : none
  • Translation and/or Aria Text : Libretto originally entered by Giovanni Christen from OperaGlass.
  • Recordings : Complete OperaExcerpts from Opera
  • Where to Find It : Score of opera - Classical Vocal Reprints, 1-800-298-7474. Catalog #50021 (Ricordi). Buy complete score online at Sheet Music Plus.


Ah! non credea mirarti - Part of No. 14
from Act II, Scene 2 of the Italian opera, La Sonnambula by Vincenzo Bellini
Libretto : Felice Romani

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  • Role : Amina, an orphan who has been adopted by Teresa
  • Voice Part : soprano Fach : lyric coloratura
  • Setting : Near the mill in a Swiss village, early 19th century
  • Range : E4 to A6. Tessitura : A5 to G5
  • Synopsis : While sleepwalking, Amina prays for Elvino and then sings her sorrow. She remembers the engagement ring that he took from her when he believed she was unfaithful to him.
  • Sound file : none
  • Translation and/or Aria Text : Translation by Elise Curran.
  • Recordings : Complete OperaExcerpts from Opera
  • Where to Find It : Score of opera and aria alone - Classical Vocal Reprints, 1-800-298-7474. Catalog number for aria : #0633, for score : #50048 (Ricordi). Buy complete score online at Sheet Music Plus.


Ah! non giunge uman pensiero - Part of No. 14
from Act II, Scene 2 of the Italian opera, La Sonnambula by Vincenzo Bellini
Libretto : Felice Romani

  • Role : Amina, an orphan who has been adopted by Teresa
  • Voice Part : soprano Fach : lyric coloratura
  • Setting : Near the mill in a Swiss village, early 19th century
  • Range : F4 to D#/Eb6. Tessitura : A#/Bb5 to G5
  • Synopsis : After awaking from a sleepwalking episode to find that her love Elvino has decided that she was not unfaithful to him after all, Amina sings of her dissipating sorrow, blown away by Elvino's love.
  • Sound file : none
  • Translation and/or Aria Text : Libretto originally entered by Giovanni Christen from OperaGlass.
  • Recordings : Complete OperaExcerpts from Opera
  • Where to Find It : Score of opera - Classical Vocal Reprints, 1-800-298-7474. Catalog #50021 (Ricordi). Buy complete score online at Sheet Music Plus.
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In several published statements and in remarks during the Met's 2008 season-preview press conference, Zimmerman revealed that she had originally planned a fairly faithful production scheme for her new La Sonnambula choosing to set it in a Swiss village, as specified in the original libretto. Conversations with Natalie Dessay, the theatrically savvy star scheduled to sing Amina, convinced Zimmerman that something less traditional was in order. The opera's setting was changed to the rehearsal hall of a contemporary opera company preparing a production of La Sonnambula with singers named Amina and Elvino, who happened to be lovers, starring as Bellini's lovers, Amina and Elvino a concept that sounded promising on paper but proved baffling in performance. What was happening to whom and at what time was rather unclear, especially as the updating, if that is what it should be called, was applied inconsistently. Some elements of the libretto were reinvented out of whole cloth (the innkeeper Lisa was transformed into a stage manager; the simple villagers became contemporary professional choristers; the suspension of 'real' time was indicated by the spinning hands of the rehearsal-room clock), while others the count's bed (if not his bedroom), Amina's sleepwalking, Elvino's low tolerance for infidelity were left unchanged. There were some striking visual images, as is always the case in Zimmerman's work, but few moments of honest sentiment in this willfully unmusical staging, which seemed to be working hard to impose a postmodern narrative on La Sonnambula at the expense of letting Bellini's score tell its part of the story. (Was that why it was so difficult to spot a piano in the rehearsal room?)