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Norma

Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835)
Lyrical tragedy in 2 acts
Libretto by Felice Romani
Season 2020-21
Duration: 3h
Incl. 1 intermission
10

"I can punish him, but my heart can't"

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Torn between her duty as high priestess of the Gallic Empire and her feelings for the Roman consul Pollione, whose two sons she secretly had, Norma discovers with fear that the latter only has eyes for the young Adalgisa. She thinks about revenge: will she have to kill Pollione’s sons, or kill him himself? Shared by remorse, Norma will sacrifice herself by going to up the stake in great humility, followed by Pollione, conscious of his actions.

Norma is Bellini’s only opera that combines sincerity and ardour with the deepest melodic richness. It was in these terms that the young Richard Wagner showed his admiration for Bellini’s opera, which he conducted in 1837 in Riga.” These praises are easily understood by the dramatic force that is revealed both in the majestic clarity of the recitatives and in the melodic power of the bel canto, here in the service of tragedy, and which culminates in Casta Diva, the aria that has made Norma a veritable myth in the operatic repertoire.

Diego Fasolis
Musical Director
Stefano Poda
Staging, sets, lights, choreography and costumes
Paolo Fanale
Pollione
Salome Jicia
Norma

Lyrical tragedy in 2 acts
Libretto by Felice Romani
First performed on December 26, 1831 at La Scala in Milan.

Alkor – Kassel Publishers, Rev. Maurizio Biondi and Riccardo Minasi

New production by the Opéra de Lausanne

Norma
Salome Jicia
Pollione
Paolo Fanale
Adalgisa
Lucia Cirillo
Oroveso
Riccardo Fassi
Musical Director
Diego Fasolis
Staging, sets, lights, choreography and costumes
Stefano Poda
Assistant
Paolo Giani Cei

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