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4.0 out of 5 stars Ordinary release for hi-def performance, 27 Sep 2010
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This review is from: Bellini: La Sonnambula [DVD] [2010] (DVD)
This performance, broadcast on 21st March 2009, comes from the Live in HD series which the Met ran during its 2008/2009 season. A number of these performances have been released on DVD including Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor / Netrebko, Beczala, Kwiecien, Metropolitan Opera (2009) [DVD] [US Import] and Jules Massenet - Thais [DVD] [2008], but so far - despite their original HD transmission - none of them has been made available in blu ray, which is curious to say the least. Picture quality and sound fall into the `pretty good' category, but those who want a souvenir of what they saw and heard in their local cinema will expect much better than that.

Natalie Dessay is in excellent voice in the title role as Amina, who gets into all sorts of trouble when she sleepwalks into another man's bedchamber - unfortunately a different man to the one she is betrothed to. The story is slight, and very much of its time, but this is an enjoyable production if you suspend your disbelief far enough to accommodate the different levels of story-telling which don't quite sit comfortably with each other. Juan Diego Flores does as much as he can as the two-dimensional Elvino, who spends much of his time being disappointed with each of the ladies he declares his intentions to marry.

You are likely to enjoy this lively production as long as you are not put off by the concept of it taking place as/in a modern day rehearsal, although things really do take off in the last few minutes when the modern trappings are abandoned.
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