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Normain concert

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Deutsche OperBismarckstraße 35, Berlin, 10627, Allemagne
2016 mai 07 18:00, mai 12 19:30
Bellini, Vincenzo (1801-1835)Norma (opera in concert)

In Italian language with German and English surtitles. 2 hrs 15 mins / 1 interval.

The foremost composer in the genre of romantic Italian bel canto operas, Vincenzo Bellini, was at the height of his fame and still in his 20s when he was asked to write a new work for the 1831 winter season at the Scala, Milan. In so doing, Bellini and his librettist Felice Romani returned to a piece that had just opened as a play in Paris – the story of the Gallic Druid priestess Norma, whose love affair with the Roman centurion Pollione sets her on a collision course with her people, who are striving for freedom. Norma and Pollione pay for their love with their lives, dying on the sacrificial pyre – an ending that deeply affected audiences, including Richard Wagner.

Nonetheless the world premiere at the Scala Milan featuring the prima donna Giuditta Pasta in the title role was a fiasco. Not until the 1834 run in Naples, with Maria Malibran singing Norma, did the opera begin to take off as a world-class work. NORMA is the only opera by Vincenzo Bellini that has had an unbroken history of performances ever since its world premiere. It has never needed to be “rediscovered”. Generation after generation has seen sopranos singing the title role: Rosa Ponselle, Gina Cigna, Maria Callas, Joan Sutherland, Montserrat Caballé …

In 2003 Edita Gruberová gave her debut as Norma in a concert performance in Tokyo. In 2006 she sang the same part on stage in Munich.

Pre-performance lecture (in German): 45 minutes prior to each performance.

Edita Gruberová as Norma © Bettina Stöss
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