Vincenzo Bellini’s opera »La sonnambula«, which premiered in Milan in 1831, is con-sidered his most important work alongside »Norma«, which was completed only six months later. Composed in an elegiac, supple style, this opera semiseria is set in an idyllic and remote Alpine village where superstition and backwardness almost rob the young orphan Amina of her life’s happiness… due to her sleepwalking. One night, after ending her dozy perambulation in a strange man’s room, she is accused of infidelity by her lover Elvino, who promptly drops her. Only Rodolfo, the apparent seducer and none other than the returned son of the deceased count, has the requisite knowledge to explain the phenomenon: he confirms Amina’s innocence and ensures the tale’s happy end. In the staging by Rolando Villazón, Amina’s story is presented as an attempt to escape the confines of her village into another, inner world.