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Norma at the Royal Opera House – 12th September to 8th October 2016

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The ever popular Antonio Pappano conducts a world-class cast led by Sonya Yoncheva, Joseph Calleja and Sonia Ganassi in a new production of Bellini’s operatic masterpiece, directed by Àlex Ollé of La Fura dels Baus.

Bellini’s Norma had its premiere at La Scala, Milan in 1831, after a mixed initial response, the opera  became popular and a mainstay of the repertory. Norma is always considered a challenge for the lead soprano with ‘Casta diva’, Norma’s Act I hymn to the chaste moon, and Act II’s ‘Dormono entrambi’, as she considers killing her children. The opera’s dramatic storyline is the focus of some poignant moments including Norma’s duets with Pollione and Adalgisa, the Act I trio ‘Vanne, sì: mi lascia, indegno’ and the  Act II finale.

This new production of Norma is The Royal Opera’s first in nearly thirty years. Directing is Àlex Ollé, of the Catalan collective La Fura dels Baus, who is reunited with the creative team behind his acclaimed production of Oedipe. They give Norma a contemporary setting against a backdrop of a cruel civil war, and focus on the opera’s exploration of the conflict between an individual’s own desires and those of her society – and of religion as a force for unity and for destruction.

The story centres around the priestess Norma loves Pollione, leader of the occupying force suppressing her people, and has borne two children by him. But Pollione’s love has withered, and he now loves Norma’s fellow priestess Adalgisa. Meanwhile, the people urgently look to Norma to lead their rebellion.

Norma discovers the love between Pollione and Adalgisa. Furiously she gives the signal for war. Pollione is captured, attempting to steal away with Adalgisa. Norma, called upon to announce a sacrificial victim to consecrate the uprising, declares it shall be a guilty priestess.

Running times

The performance lasts around 3 hours including one interval.

Language

Sung in Italian with English surtitles

For more information or to buy tickets, visit the Royal Opera House website here

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