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(Bellini: La sonnambula). Sop. An orphan, raised by the mill owner, Teresa, she is the sleep‐walker of the opera's title. She is to marry the farmer Elvino and during their civil wedding Rodolfo returns to the village. Sleep‐walking, Amina is seen in Rodolfo's room at the inn and Elvino cancels the wedding. Only when he sees her sleep‐walking across the mill roof does he believe her innocent. Aria: Ah! non credea mirarti (‘Scarcely could I believe it’) —the sleepwalking aria. In recent times the best known singers of this role have been Maria Callas, Joan Sutherland, and Renata Scotto. Created (1831) by Giuditta Pasta.

Subjects: Opera.

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