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La Sonnambula (Mar. 30, 1963)

Composer: Vincenzo Bellini
Librettist: Felice Romani

Varviso; Sutherland, Gedda, Flagello

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus

Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 2 min.

The basic plot of Bellini’s tale of an innocent Swiss girl whose sleepwalking lands her in the middle of a scandal may be difficult to believe. But spectacular singers like Joan Sutherland and Nicolai Gedda sweep away plot concerns with their stylish, impassioned portrayals. Even the most hard-hearted curmudgeon would melt for Joan Sutherland as the tender Amina; her golden voice is radiant as it conveys Amina’s purity and utterly dazzling conveying her joy. No wonder the Met audience went wild.