A Bellini Gem in a New Zimmerman Setting

By HEIDI WALESON [WSJ, 4 March 2009]

Presenting Bellini’s “La Sonnambula” (1831) as a backstage drama, as Mary Zimmerman did in the new production at the Metropolitan Opera, turned out to be a pretty clever way to reconcile the flimsy plot and deep emotional content of this bel canto gem.