New Productions

Vincenzo Bellini
1801 - 1835
Melodrama in two acts
Libretto by Felice Romani after the libretto by Eugène Scribe for the ballet La Somnambule ou L'Arrivée d'un nouveau Seigneur (1827) by Jean-Pierre Aumer
First performed March 6th 1831, Teatro Carcano, Milan
Sung in Italian with German surtitles
First ever performances in Frankfurt

About the work

A woman searching for her identity, something that society recognises and demands as proof of identity. Who am I? or: who should I be, so that I count as somebody?
The story of the beautiful sleepwalker Amina unfolds in seemingly endless, flowing arcs of melody. Bellini's score rolls out like a loving carpet for bel canto. The ambiguousity in the music only becomes clear when interpreted precisely by the soloists, chorus and orchestra. This challenge is made clear by explicit instructions the composer wrote in the score. Uncertainty, reflected in the mixed genre of opera semi seria, and portrayal of the fragility of human existence corresponds to a heightened awareness of being alive prevalent at a time marked by radical political change and uncertainty. Changes were also underway in Italian music. After Rossini stopped composing Bellini and Donizetti were now Italy's leading operatic composers. Bellini's Il pirata (1827) was the foundation stone for Italian romantic opera. La Sonnambula was a great success when it first opened on March 6th 1831.

Sunday 30.11.2014

Further performances:
03.12.2014  | 11.12.2014  |
14.12.2014  | 20.12.2014  |
26.12.2014  | 03.01.2015  |
08.01.2015  | 11.01.2015  |


Eun Sun Kim
Tina Lanik
Stage Designer
Herbert Murauer
Costume Designer
Stefan Hageneier
Lighting Designer
Olaf Winter
Mareike Wink
Chorus Master
Tilman Michael

Brenda Rae
Stefan Pop / Luciano Botelho
Kihwan Sim
Louise Alder
Fredrika Brillembourg
Vuyani Mlinde
Ein Notar (a notary)
Simon Bode

Oper Frankfurt's Orchestra and Chorus

Copyright © 2013 Oper Frankfurt