3 November 2011 at 4.59pm | Comment on this article
With Winter's cold evenings drawing in, The Royal Opera continues its start to the Season with La sonnambula wandering onto our stage. Returning for the first time since 2002, Marco Arturo Marelli’s production of Vincenzo Bellini’s opera opens for a string of nights through November.
The return of the Cuban-American soprano Eglise Gutiérrez in particular is eagerly anticipated. Eglise will sing the highly technical role of Amina, the sleepwalker engaged to Elvino, sung by Celso Albelo. Gutiérrez’s recent performance as the Fairy Godmother in last summer’s Cendrillon delighted audiences and was described as “seductively glittering” by the Guardian. She’s sure not to disappoint on her return.
In between rehearsals, we met up with Eglise to speak about why she enjoys this role, about her love of Bellini’s music and her admiration for Royal Opera legend, Joan Sutherland – the focus of the current Collections exhibition.