This production of Norma turns everything we’re accustomed to hearing upside down, but what else would we expect from an artist of Cecilia Bartoli’s stature? Norma is a soprano, Adalgisa a mezzo – that’s the way it used to be. But in the past, the vocal parts were actually reversed: Giuditta Pasta, who sang Norma at the world premiere, was a dark mezzo-soprano whose voice bore the imprint of life experience – as would be fitting for a high priestess – while Adalgisa, the young and naïve novice, was sung by a lyric soprano. This is much closer to the work’s original intention, and the production amounts to a new discovery of the opera. With this guest appearance of the Salzburg Whitsun Festival production, we render homage to one of the leading artists of our time.
In Italian with German and English surtitles
A production of the Salzburger Festspiele in cooperation with U-Live/Universal Music Arts & Entertainment, London.
Sponsors: Christine and Klaus-Michael Kühne
Performance ends at approximately 10:00 P.M.
Norma – Tragedia lirica in two acts to a libretto by Felice Romani, adapted from the tragedy “Norma ou L’Infanticide” by Alexandre Soumet. Performance of the new critical edition by Maurizio Biondi and Riccardo Minasi.
- Gianluca Capuano Conductor
- Patrice Caurier & Moshe Leiser Directors
- Christian Fenouillat Stage design
- Agostino Cavalca Costume design
- Christophe Forey Lighting design
- Cecilia Bartoli Norma
- Rebeca Olvera Adalgisa
- Norman Reinhardt Pollione
- Péter Kálmán Oroveso
- Liliana Nikiteanu Clotilde
- Reinaldo Macias Flavio
- I Barocchisti
- Coro della Radiotelevisione svizzera
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