Columns linked to Norma

Sonya Yoncheva is Norma at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Sam Smith

In 1898 Giuseppe Verdi described Vincenzo Bellini as being ‘rich in feeling and in an individual melancholy of his own’. The associated musical traits can be found in abundance in Norma of 1831, with academic David Kimbell suggesting that the composer’s most astonishing achievement in the opera was ‘amid all the more obvious excitements of musical Romanticism, to have asserted his belief that the true magic of opera depended on a kind of incantation in which...


An extraordinary Norma in Salzburg

Ilana Walder-Biesanz

Cecilia Bartoli is not the type of singer modern audiences are used to hearing as Norma. La Scintilla isn’t the sort of orchestra we’re used to, either, and the Biondi/Minasi edition of the score used for this production includes surprises even for experienced Bellini aficionados. It’s daring to re-interpret the music of such a popular opera, but this project has clearly been painstakingly researched and carefully put together. In the hands of a superbly talented cast and...


Norma at the Teatro la Fenice

Helmut Pitsch

It is a special Premiere and therefore there is a prestigous mixture of VIPs in the audience of the Teatro la Fenice : politics, people from arts, fashion and design. The Venice Art Biennale, one of the biggest international art events and the Teatro la Fenice have established a joint project, selecting at every exhibition of the Biennale a young artist to direct a new opera production at La Fenice. This year, it is Vincenzo Bellini's tragic masterpiece Norma, and Kara Walker, an...


Norma Salzburg Festival

Helmut Pitsch

This years slogan of the Salzburg Pfingstfestival was "sacrifice". Managed by the charming italian starsinger Cecilia Bartoli this festival offered a colourful mix of opera, ballet, concert and chorusworks linked to it. The selected opera was Norma, by Vincenzo Bellini, with the managing star in the title role. Cecilia Bartoli' s voice may not be perfectly equipped for this belcanto and expressive arias but she knows with her experience how to give her interpretation...