Role: Amina , an orphan who has been adopted by Teresa, engaged to Elvino. Setting: Near the mill in a Swiss village, early 19th century. 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. Translation into English by Elise Curran added Ah!
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Pub lisher. Milan: G. Ricordi , n. Ricordi , Plate P. Language Italian. Plate Leipzig: C. Peters , n. Natalia Macfarren — , English text. Arranger Richard Metzdorff Braunschweig: Edition Henry Litolff , No. Arranger unknown. Arranger Anonymous. Paris: A. Cotelle , n. Plate A. This file is part of the Sibley Mirroring Project. Arranger Nicholas Charles Bochsa Arranger Igor Osses.
Bellini, Vincenzo. Wikipedia article.
La sonnambula (Bellini, Vincenzo)
The ballet had premiered in Paris in September at the height of a fashion for stage works incorporating somnambulism. The role of Amina was originally written for the soprano sfogato Giuditta Pasta and the tenor Giovanni Battista Rubini , but during Bellini's lifetime another soprano sfogato, Maria Malibran , was a notable exponent of the role. The first performance took place at the Teatro Carcano in Milan on 6 March The majority of twentieth-century recordings have been made with a soprano cast as Amina, usually with added top-notes and other changes according to tradition, although it was released in soprano sfogato voice not be confused with the modern mezzo , nonexistent at the time who sang soprano and contralto roles unmodified.
Ah, non credea mirarti... Ah, non giunge... (English translation)