La Sonnambula (The Sleepwalker) (1831)
G. Schirmer controls the rights in the English translation by William Weaver for this work but does not supply orchestral materials.
Opera and Music Theatre
2 Hours 0 Minutes
LISA, mistress of the inn: Soprano
ALESSIO, a young peasant, Lisa's suitor: Bass
AMINA, an orphan: Soprano
TERESA, her foster mother: Contralto
A NOTARY: Tenor
ELVINO, Amina's Fiance: Tenor
COUNT RODOLFO: Bass
In a small Swiss village, Amina becomes engaged to a local farmer, Elvino. Lisa, who owns the local mill is furiously jealous as she too is in love with Elvino. Unknown to her family and friends, Amina is a somnambulist and when Count Rodolfo checks into the inn she enters his bedroom at night and is found there in the morning asleep. Elvino is disgusted and decides to marry Lisa. However, the Count asserts Amina’s innocence to the sceptical villagers, explaining the phenomenon of sleepwalking. But at that moment Amina is seen sleepwalking over the unstable mill bridge, expressing her grief at Elvino’s rejection. Finally, the villagers understand the truth and when Amina wakes up she is once again lying in Elvino’s arms.