By Vincenzo Bellini
- Language – Performed in Italian
- Running Time – 3 hours 5 minutes including 1 intermission
Kicking off the six-opera series is Bellini’s Norma with a title-role performance by Sondra Radvanovsky described as no less than “spellbinding”, sending “jolts of vocal electricity through the Civic Opera House” (Chicago Tribune). The cast also includes Elizabeth DeShong as Adalgisa, Russell Thomas as Pollione and Andrea Silvestrelli as Oroveso.
If you’re drawn to vocal acrobatics, Bellini’s Druid priestess Norma will thrill and astonish you. The absolute pinnacle for any prima donna with the technical prowess, sumptuous voice, and dramatic fire to master its perilous challenges, Norma stands as a crowning jewel of the bel canto repertoire. This timeless story of love betrayed runs the gamut of emotions from loyalty and passion to jealousy, revenge, and redemption. You’ll hear melodies ranging from the stunningly serene “Casta diva” to the frenzy of vocal fireworks that pour forth as Norma’s rage overflows. Don’t miss world-acclaimed soprano Sondra Radvanovsky in this dazzling masterwork!