At the inn, Lisa has identified the stranger as the lost heir of the former local count. The two of them flirt, when suddenly there is a noise and Lisa hides in the closet, dropping her handkerchief. Amina enters, walking in her sleep. Rodolfo realizes that she must be the village “ghost.” Lisa, however, assumes Amina is coming to meet Rodolfo as a lover and slips away. Moved by her unconscious expressions of love for Elvino, Rodolfo leaves Amina innocently asleep on his bed. Unfortunately, the ever-inquisitive villagers choose this moment to come sneaking in to get another look at the stranger. Lisa appears with Elvino and Teresa, and everyone is shocked to find Amina in the count’s bed. Awakened by the commotion, the girl protests her innocence (“D’un pensiero e d’un accento”). For a moment, the entire village seems heartbroken over Amina’s betrayal, but soon rage sets in. In spite of Teresa’s pleas and Amina’s protestations, Elvino calls off the wedding and, with the rest of the village, turns on Amina (“Non più nozze”) In the ensuing chaos, Teresa picks up Lisa’s handkerchief.
Elvino has decided to marry Lisa after all. He enters to lead her to church, but they are interrupted by the arrival of Rodolfo, who again proclaims Amina’s innocence, explaining to the incredulous crowd that she was only sleepwalking. Teresa appears, asking for quiet, since Amina has fallen asleep from exhaustion. She is shocked to see that Lisa is about to marry Elvino, who replies that Lisa was not found in another man’s room. When Teresa produces the handkerchief, Elvino realizes that Lisa has lied to him.
Suddenly Amina appears, sleepwalking at a great height along a treacherous ledge. Afraid of waking her, the villagers watch and pray for her as she slowly reaches safety. Still asleep, Amina mourns the loss of Elvino, remembering the flowers he gave her that have since faded, and searching for her lost ring (“Ah! non credea mirarti”). Convinced of her innocence and unable to watch her suffer any longer, Elvino puts the ring back on her finger. Waking, Amina’s embarrassment turns to joy when she realizes that her dream has come true.
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