Opera Australia- Sleepwalking through Bellini….
Emma Matthews and conductor, Richard Bonynge are beautiful musicians and carried this La sonnambula production, bringing Vincenzo Bellini’s bel canto repertoire music to life.
La sonnambula is a cute opera that tells the story of Amina, a sleepwalker, who gets herself into all sorts of trouble by ending up in a stranger’s bed. Bellini uses this silly pastoral plot as a platform for his stellar bel canto melodies. The difficult-to-stage plot has often proved a troubling for stage directors to realise. This is where the Australian production missed the boat. Olympia Bowman-Derrick of AustralianStage.com says the production lacked inspiration, imagination and inventiveness. The use of ‘cheap laughs’ was the only means by which entertainment was achieved. Read on for the tired details… http://www.australianstage.com.au/201005023458/reviews/melbourne/la-sonnambula-%7C-opera-australia.html