Vincenzo Bellini's La Sonnambula: A Clinical Case on Stage
Keywords:Vincenzo Bellini , La Sonnambula, Sleepwalking , Hypersystem , Opera , Stage Direction, Federico Tiezzi
AbstractVincenzo Bellini’s 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 Bellini’s Sonnambula, with a special focus on Federico Tiezzi’s direction in 2000 at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.