About La Sonnambula
Tony-winning director Mary Zimmerman, who directed Natalie Dessay in last season’s Lucia di Lammermoor, stages this bel canto favorite in an innovative new way. The setting is a rehearsal room where actors are preparing a performance of La Sonnambula and the actions of the characters parallel those of the singers. This bold choice emphasizes the twin realms of sleep and wakefulness explored in the opera. Diana Damrau (famous for her Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute) stars as Amina opposite Javier Camarena (who made his Met debut in a thrilling Barber of Seville) as Elvino in Bellini’s unforgettable tale of the sleepwalking heroine. Marco Armiliato conducts.
The story revolves around Amina whose impending marriage to Elvino is jeopardized when her nocturnal strolls bring her to the bedchamber of a visiting stranger.
One of the most important culture institutions in the world, the Metropolitan Opera is also the largest classical music organization in North America. Every season it presents more than 25 different productions in rotating repertory from 18th century baroque to 19th century bel canto to 20th century minimalism. Premier artists from all over the world bring the passion of live opera to its stage. The first performance was in 1883 at the Met’s original location on Broadway between 39th and 40th streets. In 1966, the Met moved to its present home at Lincoln Center.
Under Met General Manager Peter Gelb’s leadership, the 2013-14 line-up includes a startling new take on Rigoletto, beloved standards ranging from I Puritani to Der Rosenkavalier, the return of Tony winner Paolo Szot in the comic and absurd The Nose, and a new work from the 21st century, Nico Muhly’s Two Boys.
Sung in Italian with Met Titles in English, German, Italian, and Spanish
Two hours and 45 minutes (one intermission)
The Grand Tier Restaurant at the Metropolitan Opera is now open two hours prior to curtain to all Lincoln Center ticket-holders for pre-curtain and intermission dining. Pre-scheduled intermission dining is available to ensure a quick return to the performance. The Revlon Bar offers light snacks including sandwiches, paninis, dessert and a full-service bar. The Belmont Room is available for pre-performance dining and intermission cocktail service for Guild Members at the Donor level (or higher) and Met Patrons. Pre-curtain and intermission bars are located in Founders Hall and on the Orchestra, Parterre (Parterre Box ticket holders only), Grand Tier and Family Circle levels. Snacks are available. A pre-curtain and intermission bar is available in the Board Room for the members of the Metropolitan Opera Patron Program. Food and beverages are not permitted in the auditorium. Seating capacity is 3,800 plus 175 standing room spaces.
Did you know?
Mary Zimmerman won a Tony Award for her direction of Metamorphosis, based on Ovid’s tales of Greek mythology, which she also wrote.
The title role of Amina is notoriously difficult for its high tessitura and trills and has been played by such greats as Maria Callas, Joan Sutherland, and more recently, Natalie Dessay in three separate productions.
Traditional opera lovers will relish the Amina’s aria with its opportunity for vocal fireworks while fans of innovative staging will be attracted to Zimmerman’s unusual take on the material.
Good for kids?
This work is probably too mature for young children.
The Metropolitan Opera House Location Information:
Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
1 to 66 Street/Lincoln Center