German soprano Diana Damrau stars as Amina opposite the rising Mexican tenor and bel canto specialist Javier Camarena as Elvino in Bellini’s sweet love story, with its unforgettable sleepwalking aria for the heroine. Marco Armiliato conducts. Vincenzo Bellini: LA SONNAMBULA (sung in Italian), Saturday, March 29, 1 to 4:30 pm on WRTI 90.1 FM.
A "smashing revival... Damrau is a marvel... She makes the most difficult passages sound effortless... Her pianissimo notes, barely above a whisper, go straight to the heart." (Huffington Post)
"Camarena is one of the most exciting tenors singing today. He has a strong voice, rich in timbre and nuanced with subtle phrasing and a soaring range." (Huffington Post)
The famous sleepwalking scene - from 2009, with Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Florez:
Conductor: Marco Armiliato
Amina: Diana Damrau
Elvino: Javier Camarena
Rodolfo: Michele Pertusi