27 Aug 2017

BELLINI: Norma

From Opera On Sunday, 6:00 pm on 27 August 2017

Sunday 27 August at 6.00pm on RNZ Concert

BELLINI: Norma

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.......................... Sonya Yoncheva

Oroveso....................... Brindley Sherratt

Pollione....................... Joseph Calleja

Flavio.......................... David Junghoon Kim

Adalgisa...................... Sonia Ganassi

Clotilde........................ Vlada Borovko

Children....................... Niamh Worrell, Matteo DiLorenzo

Chorus and Orchestra of Royal Opera House, Covent Garden conducted by Antonio Pappano (EBU)

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, 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.

Scene from Norma

Scene from Norma Photo: Bill Cooper, Royal Opera House Covent Garden

 

 

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