South African soprano Pretty Yende plays the “sleepwalker” Amina, the protagonist of Bellini’s masterpiece “La Sonnambula”, at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris.
French artist Rolando Villazon directs the opera, which is on display throughout June.
Expressing that the character of Amina was completely liberated when she was sleepwalking, Pretty Yende said, _”_I admire the light shining inside her. I love the sincerity that I desire in her.”
Emphasizing that opera contains important messages about our lives, Yende said, “Characters like Amina remind us how people are born to be free, to love and to fly.” used the phrases.
‘Sleepwalking is a reflection of our subconscious world’
This work, which premiered in 1831, tells the story of Amina, who is left in the middle of a scandal with her lover, Elvino.
Villazon, who undertook the production of La Sonnambula, explains why he wanted to direct this work:
“When Bellini composed this opera, not much was known about sleepwalking, it was an exciting thing. Actually, this subconscious world and awakening that we mean by sleepwalking is a chaotic, free, joyful and at the same time dangerous world.”
In Rolando Villazen’s comment, the story takes place in an extremely rigid society:
“We created a world with very strict rules. We work in a minimalist space. We have a small village represented by these walls. So it’s a pretty cold environment.”
‘This work can be understood by every soul with its simplicity’
Commenting on Bellini’s piece, famous soprano Yende said, “You can see in this story that it is very difficult for society to accept purity, goodness, and free-spirited beings. Amina said very softly to Gran Dio, ‘Can’t you see my pain? You know, “I forgive him. And even though I’m not very happy, I want him to be happy.” The incredible simplicity of this work is so profound because it can be understood by any soul.” she said.
The opera “La Somnambule” will continue to be screened at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées until 26 June.