The next installment in The Met: Live in HD series will be a new production of La Sonnambula, Vincenzo Bellini's gentle1831 pastoral comedy about a young woman who finds herself in hot water with her fiancÃ© when she sleepwalks into the wrong man's bedroom. The slim plot has kept the opera from becoming a staple of the repertoire, but it's full of delightful music, and in the hands of the right performers it can be a real charmer. This production features soprano Natalie Dessay and tenor Juan Diego FlÃ³rez, who are vocally ideal for the bel canto repertoire, and who created real electricity in last year's La Fille du RÃ©giment. The controversial production by Mary Zimmerman moves the action to the present and sets it in the rehearsal space of an opera company rehearsing for a performance of La Sonnambula. It's guaranteed to be a fresh and intriguing take on the opera.
The live transmission of La Sonnambula will be on Saturday, March 21, starting at 1:00 pm (ET), with an encore broadcast on Wednesday, April 1, at 7:00 pm (local time) in the US, and Saturday, April 25 in Canada. Check your local theatre listings for details, or check out the Metâ€™s website.