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Bellini: La Sonnambula - Cecilia Bartoli (vocals); Gemma Bertagnolli (vocals); Ildebrando d'Arcangelo (vocals); Javier Camarena (vocals); Juan Diego Flórez (vocals); Liliana Nikiteanu (vocals); Peter Kálmán (vocals); Zurich Opera Chorus (choir, chorus); La Scintilla
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This recording of La Sonnambula is notable on a number of fronts. It's the first recording of the opera based on a 2004 critical edition of the score that confirms the leading role was indeed written for a mezzo-soprano, although it has been performed by sopranos for much of its history. (Among the first Aminas were the celebrated mezzos Giuditta Pasta and Maria Malibran.) It's also the first recording using period instruments, in this case Orchestra La Scintilla, based at the Basel Opera and conducted by Alessandro de ...