Antonio Pappano conducts an all-star cast in a new production of Bellini's operatic masterpieceNorma, feauting Joseph Calleja.
This new production of Norma for The Royal Opera is distinguished by a superlative cast of internationally renowned singers. Bellini’s classic bel canto opera is full of wonderful melodies and opportunities for star singing. But it is especially known for Norma's stunning showpiece aria, ‘Casta diva’.
Àlex Ollé of innovative Catalan theatre group La Fura dels Baus directs, bringing a modern edge to this timeless tale of love, rivalry and betrayal, set against a backdrop of war driven by the extremes of a fanatically religious society.
Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano conducts this stunning cast including Bulgarian soprano SONYA YONCHEVA as Norma with Joseph Calleja as her secret lover, Pollione, Sonia Ganassi as the priestess Adalgisa and Brindley Sherratt as Norma's father Oroveso.
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: herself.
This event is organised in collaboration with 35 South; Arts Council Malta; Encore magazine; Waterbiscuit.