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Bellini: La Sonnambula (Highlights) / Evelino Pido, Natalie Dessay, Et Al


Release Date: 02/10/2009 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 264736   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Natalie DessaySara MingardoFrancesco MeliJaël Azzaretti,   ... 
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera OrchestraLyon Opera Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Having steadfastly built her reputation as a major performer in the pyrotechnic coloratura roles, Natalie Dessay is at a turning point in her career and is exploring, to great international recognition, the more “lyrical roles", such as Amina, one of the great Bellini heroines. After her immense success as Lucia in Paris in the Autumn 2006 under the direction of Evelino Pidò, Natalie Dessay and the Italian maestro furthered their musical collaboration with a concert version of Bellini’s La sonnambula first at Lyon and later in Paris. The recording was made in Lyon on the event of these performances. Natalie Dessay stars in this critical edition of Bellini’s Sonnambula, which was produced by Alessandro Roccatagliati and Luca Zoppelli. It has Read more restored two major parts of Elvino’s role (the cavatina “Prendi: l’anel ti dono" and the beautiful duettino between Amina and Elvino “Vedi o madre") to their original tessitura. This edition was first produced in August 2004 in Santa Fe, precisely with Natalie Dessay in the title role under the direction of Evelino Pidò. Forumopera.com states: “The rest of the cast calls for congratulations: it is of a remarkable level." Indeed it introduces a young 25 year-old Italian tenor, Francesco Meli, at the threshold of a very promising career, and gathers several talents of the opera world such as Jaël Azzaretti and Sara Miingardo, Carlo Colombari and Paul Gay. The complete recording was released in November 2007 Read less

Works on This Recording

1. La sonnambula: Viva! Viva Amina! by Vincenzo Bellini
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra,  Lyon Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
2. La sonnambula: Care compagne, e voi, teneri amici by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra,  Lyon Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 20 Secs. 
3. La sonnambula: Sovra il sen by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Sara Mingardo (Alto), Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra,  Lyon Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 36 Secs. 
4. La sonnambula: Prendi, l'anell' ti dono by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Francesco Meli (Tenor), Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra,  Lyon Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 5 Secs. 
5. La sonnambula: Ah! vorrei trovar parole by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Jaël Azzaretti (Soprano), Francesco Meli (Tenor), Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra,  Lyon Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
6. La sonnambula: Vi ravviso, o luoghi ameni by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Carlo Colombara (Bass), Jaël Azzaretti (Soprano)
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra,  Lyon Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 45 Secs. 
7. La sonnambula: Son geloso del zefiro by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Francesco Meli (Tenor), Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 26 Secs. 
8. La sonnambula: E menzogna by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Francesco Meli (Tenor), Jaël Azzaretti (Soprano), Natalie Dessay (Soprano),
Sara Mingardo (Alto)
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra,  Lyon Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
9. La sonnambula: D'un pensiero by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Jaël Azzaretti (Soprano), Natalie Dessay (Soprano), Paul Gay (Baritone),
Sara Mingardo (Alto), Francesco Meli (Tenor)
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra,  Lyon Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 44 Secs. 
10. La sonnambula: Non piu nozze by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Natalie Dessay (Soprano), Sara Mingardo (Alto), Jaël Azzaretti (Soprano),
Francesco Meli (Tenor), Paul Gay (Baritone)
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra,  Lyon Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
11. La sonnambula: Vedi, o madre, e afflitto e mesto by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Natalie Dessay (Soprano), Francesco Meli (Tenor)
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 4 Secs. 
12. La sonnambula: Viva il conte by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Natalie Dessay (Soprano), Francesco Meli (Tenor), Sara Mingardo (Alto)
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra,  Lyon Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 17 Secs. 
13. La sonnambula: Ah, perchè non posso odiarti by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Francesco Meli (Tenor)
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra,  Lyon Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
14. La sonnambula: Signor, conte, agli occhi miei by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Jaël Azzaretti (Soprano), Carlo Colombara (Bass), Sara Mingardo (Alto),
Francesco Meli (Tenor)
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra,  Lyon Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 50 Secs. 
15. La sonnambula: Lisa! mendace anch;essa! by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Jaël Azzaretti (Soprano), Carlo Colombara (Bass), Sara Mingardo (Alto),
Francesco Meli (Tenor)
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 26 Secs. 
16. La sonnambula: Oh! Se una volta sola by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Carlo Colombara (Bass), Sara Mingardo (Alto), Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 20 Secs. 
17. La sonnambula: Ah, non credea mirarti by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Carlo Colombara (Bass), Paul Gay (Baritone), Sara Mingardo (Alto),
Francesco Meli (Tenor), Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra,  Lyon Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 43 Secs. 
18. La sonnambula: Ah, non giunge uman pensiero by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 48 Secs. 

Sound Samples

La Sonnambula, Act 1, Scene 1: Viva! Viva Amina! (Coro)
La Sonnambula, Act 1, Scene 1: Care compagne, e voi, teneri amici (Amina/Coro)
La Sonnambula, Act 1, Scene 1: Sovra il sen la man mi posa (Amina/Teresa/Coro)
La Sonnambula, Act 1, Scene 1: Prendi: l'anel ti dono (Elvino/Amina/Coro)
La Sonnambula, Act 1, Scene 1: Ah! vorrei trovar parole (Amina/Elvino/Tutti/Lisa)
La Sonnambula, Act 1, Scene 1: Vi ravviso, o luoghi ameni (Rodolfo/Tutti/Lisa/Coro)
La Sonnambula, Act 1, Scene 1: Son geloso del zefiro errante (Elvino/Amina)
La Sonnambula, Act 1, Scene 2: È menzogna (Elvino/Coro/Lisa/Amina/Teresa)
La Sonnambula, Act 1, Scene 2: D'un pensiero e d'un accento (Amina/Elvino/Lisa/Teresa/Alessio/Coro)
La Sonnambula, Act 1, Scene 2: Non più nozze (Elvino/Amina/Lisa/Teresa/Alessio/Coro)
La Sonnambula, Act 2, Scene 1: Vedi, o madre....è afflitto e mesto (Amina/Elvino)
La Sonnambula, Act 2, Scene 1: Viva il Conte! (Coro/Amina/Elvino/Teresa)
La Sonnambula, Act 2, Scene 1: Ah! perché non posso odiarti (Elvino/Coro)
La Sonnambula: Act II, Scene 2: Signor, conte, agli occhi miei
La Sonnambula, Act 2, Scene 2: Lisa! mendace anch'essa! (Elvino/Teresa/Lisa/Rodolfo)
La Sonnambula, Act 2, Scene 2: Oh! se una volta sola (Amina/Rodolfo/Teresa/Tutti)
La Sonnambula, Act 2, Scene 2: Ah! no credea mirarti (Amina/Teresa/Rodolfo/Elvino/Alessio/Coro)
La Sonnambula, Act 2, Scene 2: Ah! non giunge uman pensiero (Amina/Tutti)

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