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opera Dec. 19: Bellini's Norma Àlex Ollé (stage director), Antonio Pappano (conductor) — With Sonya Yoncheva (Norma), Joseph Calleja (Pollione), Sonia Ganassi (Adalgisa) ...

Àlex Ollé (stage director), Antonio Pappano (conductor) — With Sonya Yoncheva (Norma), Joseph Calleja (Pollione), Sonia Ganassi (Adalgisa) ...

Dec. 19: Bellini's Norma Àlex Ollé (stage director), Antonio Pappano (conductor) — With Sonya Yoncheva (Norma), Joseph Calleja (Pollione), Sonia Ganassi (Adalgisa) ...

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The title character in Bellini's Norma is a druid high priestess, torn between her religious vows of chastity and her love for the Roman official Pollione, with whom she has had two children. Out of this conflict comes some of the most famous music in the whole bel canto repertoire, including the ravishingly beautiful "Casta Diva." The extremely difficult lead role calls for a truly special soprano—and in this Covent Garden production, the sublime Sonya Yoncheva captivates from start to finish, backed by an extraordinary supporting cast that includes the acclaimed Sonia Ganassi as Norma's amorous rival Adalgisa and Joseph Calleja as Pollione.

Directed with characteristically eye-popping flair by Àlex Ollé (of the provocative and marvelously inventive Spanish theatre group La Fura dels Baus) and soundtracked by the world-class Royal Opera Orchestra and Chorus of Covent Garden, this "striking production and terrifically enjoyable evening" (Bachtrack) is a Norma for the ages.

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Cast

  • Alex Ollé | Stage director
  • Alfons Flores | Set designer
  • Lluc Castells | Costume designer
  • Marco Filibeck | Lighting designer
  • Sonya Yoncheva | Norma
  • Joseph Calleja | Pollione
  • Sonia Ganassi | Adalgisa
  • Brindley Sherratt | Oroveso
  • David Junghoon Kim | Flavio
  • Vlada Borovko | Clotilde
  • Royal Opera Chorus
  • Genevieve Ellis | Chorus Master

Program

  • Vincenzo Bellini, Norma
    • I, 1: Introduzione — "Ite sul colle, o Druidi"
    • I, 2: "Svanir le voci!"
    • I, 2: "Meco all’altar di Venere"
    • I, 2: "Me protegge, me difende"
    • I, 3: "Norma viene"
    • I, 4: "Sediziose voci, voci di guerra"
    • I, 4: "Casta Diva"
    • I, 4: "Fine al rito"
    • I, 4: "Ah! Bello a me ritorna"
    • I, 5: "Sgombra è la sacra selva, compiuto il rito"
    • I, 5: "Deh! Proteggimi, o Dio!"
    • I, 6: "Eccola! Va, mi lascia, ragion non odo"
    • I, 6: "Va, crudele, al Dio spietato"
    • I, 7: "Vanne, e li cela entrambi"
    • I, 8: "Adalgisa!"
    • I, 8: "Oh! Rimembranza!"
    • I, 8: "Ah! Sì, fa core, e abbracciami"
    • I, 8: "Ma di’... L’amato giovane quale fra noi si noma?"..."Oh non tremare"
    • I, 9: "Oh! Di qual sei tu vittima"..."Oh! Qual traspare orribile"..."Norma! De’ tuoi rimproveri"
    • I, 9: "Perfido! - Or basti...Vanne, sì: mi lascia, indegno"
    • II, 1: Scena — Introduzione — "Dormono entrambi"
    • II, 3: "Mi chiami, o Norma!"
    • II, 3: "Deh! Con te, con te li prendi"
    • II, 3: "Mira, o Norma"
    • II, 3: "Si, fino all’ore estreme"
    • II, 4: "Non parti?"
    • II, 5: "Guerrieri! A voi venirne"
    • II, 5: "Ah! Del Tebro al giogo indegno fremo io pure"
    • II, 6: "Ei tornerà"
    • II, 7: "Guerra, guerra!"
    • II, 7: "Né compi il rito, o Norma?"
    • II, 10: "In mia man alfin tu sei"..."Già mi pasco ne’ tuoi sguardi"
    • II, 10: "Dammi quel ferro"
    • II, 11: "Qual cor tradisti, qual cor perdesti"
    • II, 11: "Norma! Deh! Norma, scolpati!"
    • II, 11: "Deh non volerli vittime"

Details

  • Directed by:
    • Jonathan Haswell
  • Venue: Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (London, Great Britain)
  • Production date: 2016
  • Production: © Royal Opera House Covent Garden Foundation
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