Libretto by Felice ROMANI

New production

  • Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège

Last performance at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège : November 2001 (concertante version)

The story

In a Swiss village in the 19th century, Amina and Elvino are in love and are to be married. However, the young woman is found asleep in the bed of Count Rodolfo who is staying at an inn. She is accused of adultery, but fiercely defends her honour. Nevertheless, the furious Elvino breaks off their engagement…


Inspired by a vaudeville written by Eugène Scribe, Bellini collaborated with the era’s greatest librettist, Felice Romani, to create deeply endearing work in which the pastoral idyll and touching innocence of the heroine, Amina, are a pretext for making the most of the young composer’s boundless melodic style.

The work was first performed in Rome in 1831 and was a resounding success. Bellini conducted the orchestra, while the great Giuditta Pasta and famous Giovanni Rubini played the leading roles. Unlike madness, the sleep-walking, which was in vogue at the start of the 19th century, provided for a happy ending to the beauty’s misfortunes. The lyricism of the writing, the orchestral transparency and the voice-leadings make La Sonnambula one of the favourite works of bel canto, culminating in the sublime aria “Ah, non credea mirarti”, in which Amina sings of her sorrows in love. Indeed, it is these few words, “I had not thought I would see you, dear flowers, perished so soon” which are featured on the tomb of the author of Norma, whose premature death at the age of 34 years old, deprived operatic history of further masterpieces.

Introduction to performances: curtain-raisers

All the opera performances are preceded by an educational introduction open to all. They take place 30 minutes before the start of the performance, in the company of an opera specialist to provide a pertinent presentation of the work.

Online, Thursday 19th of March , on France TV platform at 8PM

Plan your visit

  • Surtitle

    The Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège offers to its spectators a surtitle in French, Dutch, German and English, for each opera on the bill.

  • Car Parks

    How to come by car?

    Car parks with discounted rate

    Discounted rate of € 6 for performances and concerts featured in our schedules (in the evening from 18.00 to 01.00 and on Sunday from 13.00 to 19.00). A validation terminal is available in the entrance hall of the Opera House (from when the doors opens).

    Neujean car park

    45, Boulevard de la Sauvenière – 4000 Liège, Belgium

    • Mon. to Fri. : open until 1 o’clock in the morning.
    • Sat. and Sun. : open all night.

    Opéra car park

    1, Galerie Opéra – 4000 Liège, Belgium
    Open 24 hours, 7 days a week

    Other car parks nearby

    • Central Park car park : 26, Place Xavier-Neujean - 4000 Liège
    • Saint-Lambert car park : Place Saint-Lambert - 4000 Liège
    • Cathédrale car park : Place de la Cathédrale - 4000 Liège

  • Catering

    For a meal or a drink during an opera or a concert

    Whether you want a drink or a meal (by booking only), the Opera Restaurant, located in the prestigious setting of the Foyer Grétry, welcomes you before each performance when the Theatre’s doors open.

    During the interval, the Foyer Grétry Bar (2nd floor) as well as the Salazar Bar (4th floor) are open for you to relax and quench your thirst.

    For “Opera for All” Young Audience performances and “Discovery concerts”, the Foyer Grétry Bar is open one hour before and at the end of each performance.

    For information and bookings: +32 (0) 499 42 42 62  - lydia-campoccia@hotmail.com – www.leschefsopera.be

    Drink tokens

    Drink tokens are on sale as soon as the doors of the Theatre open on performance days (in the entrance hall and the main stairs) or during the interval (in the Foyer Grétry).

    For reasons of hygiene and cleanliness, it is forbidden to bring drinks and snacks into the building.


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