Vincenzo Bellini's La Sonnambula: A Clinical Case on Stage

Biagio Scuderi


Vincenzo Bellinis La Sonnambula, staged on March 6, 1831 at the Teatro Carcano in Milan, is a single fixed point within an expressive hypersystem that portrays the subject in several artistic languages: theater, music, painting, ballet and literature. This essay suggests a possible constellation around the topic of sleepwalking, by reconstructing a horizon of intertextual meaning. What follows is a brief survey of the contemporary staging of Bellinis Sonnambula, with a special focus on Federico Tiezzis direction in 2000 at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.


Key words: Vincenzo Bellini - La Sonnambula - Sleepwalking - Hypersystem - Opera - Stage Direction - Federico Tiezzi

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