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NORMA

Forum Opéra
Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835)
Lyric tragedy in two acts
Libretto by Felice Romani
Season 2022-23
Duration: 3h
Incl. 1 intermission
10

"Chaste goddess"

Based on the tragedy Norma ou l’Infanticide by Alexandre Soumet, Norma premiered on 26 December 1831 at La Scala in Milan with Giuditta Pasta in the title role. Too high for the soprano, and the key to its success with the public, the role was transposed by a semitone from the fourth performance. The action takes place in Gaul during the Roman occupation. Norma, the high priestess of the Druids’ temple, has taken a vow of chastity. However, she has fallen in love with the Roman proconsul Pollione, with whom she has had two children. One day she realises that her lover is attracted to her young friend Adalgisa and tries to convince him to give it up, but without success. For a moment she thinks of killing her children. She finally decides to denounce herself publicly, knowing that she is condemning herself to death in the process. Pollione, who has pursued Adalgisa into the sacred temple, is condemned in his turn and accompanies Norma to the stake. Casta Diva [Chaste Goddess] is the most famous aria of the opera: a plea for peace to the moon, it takes place in the heart of the first act and offers a veritable lesson in “belcantism”, requiring absolute precision from the performer in the vocalisations and exceptional breath length.

Diego Fasolis
Conductor
Stefano Poda
Director, Set Design, Costumes, Lighting, Choregraphy
Paolo Fanale
Pollione
Francesca Dotto
Norma

First performance on 26 December 1831 at La Scala in Milan.

Alkor – Kassel Publishers, revision by Maurizio Biondi and Riccardo Minasi

Norma
Francesca Dotto
Pollione
Paolo Fanale
Adalgisa
Lucia Cirillo
Oroveso
Nicolai Elsberg
Clotilde
Eleonore Gagey
Flavio
Jean Miannay
Conductor
Diego Fasolis
Director, Set Design, Costumes, Lighting, Choregraphy
Stefano Poda
Director, Set Design, Costumes, Lighting, Choregraphy Assistant
Paolo Giani Cei

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