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ComposerBellini, Vincenzo (1801-1835)
PeriodRomantic
Year1831
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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MadridNormaNew production

Norma
Bellini: Norma
Maurizio Benini; Justin Way; Teatro Real; Charles Edwards; Sue Willmington; Yolanda Auyanet; Hibla Gerzmava
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María José Siri shines as Norma in Naples

María José Siri (Norma) and Silvia Tro Santafé (Adalgisa) © Luciano Romano
Lorenzo Amato penetrates deep into the recesses of Bellini's opera. 
****1
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Norma in Zurich: superb vocalists trapped in a minimalist staging

Maria Agresta (Norma) © Toni Suter | T&T Fotografie

A production which has Robert Wilson's signature all over it, but feels like a wagon in front of the horse.

***11
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Clash of religions, ardent spirits: Bellini’s Norma in Munich

Carmen Giannattasio (Norma) © Wilfried Hösl
While Bellini’s two-act opera Norma underscores the religious wars between the ancient Druids and Romans, it also highlights an emotive personal conflict that is veiled in deceit and cultural discrepancy.
****1
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A convincing Norma in Reggio Calabria

Marily Santoro (Norma) © Antonio Sollazzo
Despite some minor flaws, a well appreciated performance of Bellini's masterpiece. 
***11
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Maybe it’s make-believe: a curious Norma in Oslo

Hrachuhí Bassénz (Norma) © Erik Berg
The first staging of Bellini's Norma in Oslo in over a century is unfortunately hampered by an irritating production, yet some glorious singing does much to rescue the show.
**111
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