I alone am miserable". She is consumed with jealousy for she had once been betrothed to Elvino and had been abandoned by him in favour of Amina. The lovelorn Alessio arrives, but she rejects his advances. Then Amina comes out of the mill with her foster-mother, Teresa. She is the owner of the mill and had adopted Amina many years before.
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He was beautiful, delicate Heine described him as a sigh in pumps , and could write melodies of unsurpassed beauty. Everyone loved his melodies — Wagner, Verdi he said the melodies are long, long, long , and Chopin who was influenced beyond measure by Bellini. Chopin is said to have had it played for him on his deathbed.
Sigismond Thalberg was one of the greatest piano virtuosos of the 19th century. He was famous for his fantasies on Italian opera. All of these have been recorded by the outstanding Italian player, Francesco Nicolosi. A wonderful artist. Fantasies or paraphrases of opera were very popular in the 19th century.
With the advent of recordings in the 20th century these piano works were seen as unnecessary or even vulgar and fell out of favor. But now well into another century they seem, to me at least, valid and interesting. Below are two versions of the aria. The first is sung by Maria Callas. Recorded in performance in , the diva was well past her vocal prime.
Callas Ah non credea mirarti Callas had the role in her repertory. To bad, vocally she would have been wonderful in the part. Caballe Ah non credea mirarti The words are below. The heroine is sleepwalking while she sings like a goddess. A summary of the story is here.
The Met is doing the opera this season. It will be broadcast on March 29, Diana Damrau will sing the title role. Now for Thalberg; his picture is above.
His piece on the opera is called Grand Caprice on La Sonnambula. It runs a little more than 16 minutes.
Here is the section of the fantasy based on the aria. Thalberg Ah non credea mirarti. In addition to Bellini, he wrote works devoted to operas by Rossini, Donizetti, and Verdi.
Potria novel vigore.
Ah, non credea mirarti... Ah, non giunge... (English translation)
Ah Non Credea Mirarti – Bellini and Thalberg
La sonnambula (Bellini, Vincenzo)