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Norma

By Vincenzo Bellini
5 - 9 August 2016
Festival Theatre

Cecilia Bartoli sang the title role in a powerful, passionate production of Bellini’s searing opera masterpiece on love, betrayal and revenge. Since its unveiling at the 2013 Salzburg Whitsun Festival, it has been acclaimed throughout Europe, winning that year’s International Opera Award for best new production.

Eminent directors Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier have set Bellini and librettist Felice Romani’s tragic tale of ancient druids rebelling against Roman occupation in more modern times – Second World War France, where the French Resistance struggles against its Nazi oppressors. Bartoli’s Norma is torn between loyalty towards her community and her illicit love for Pollione, chief of the occupying forces (and the father of Norma’s two children), who has diverted his affections to the younger Adalgisa.

The iconic role of Norma featured one of the most famous arias in all opera – the prayer to the moon goddess ‘Casta diva’. Bartoli performed the role as Bellini originally envisioned it thanks to a newly prepared critical edition that restores the originally intended vocal colours.

‘Only in this way can we appreciate once more the true magic, the colour and emotion in this music,’ Bartoli has explained. ‘It was my wish to bring Bellini’s opera closer to the sound world of the bel canto period.’

Cecilia Bartoli is one of the world’s finest and most sought-after singers, celebrated internationally for her astonishingly versatile voice and her searching, enormously expressive interpretations. She is joined by a superb cast including US tenor John Osborn as Pollione and Mexican-born soprano Rebeca Olvera as Adalgisa, alongside Péter Kálmán, Liliana Nikiteanu and Reinaldo Macias. I Barocchisti will be playing on authentic instruments from the 19th century.


Opera in two acts by Vincenzo Bellini (1801–1835). Performance of the new critical edition by Maurizio Biondi and Riccardo Minasi

Libretto by Felice Romani (1788–1865) based on the tragedy Norma ou L’Infanticide (1831) by Alexandre Soumet (1788–1845).

A Salzburg Festival production in association with U-Live/Universal Music Arts and Entertainment, London


…a triumph 

The New York Times

Cecilia Bartoli's Norma is a furious triumph ★★★★

The Telegraph 


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  • Language: 
    Performed in Italian with English supertitles
  • Running time: 
    2 hours and 50 minutes approximately

Venue

Festival Theatre

13-29 Nicolson Street,
Edinburgh,
EH8 9FT

Funded by

James and Morag Anderson
through the Edinburgh International Festival Opera Development Fund

With additional support from

The Italian Cultural Institute, Edinburgh

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Cecilia Bartoli Norma
Rebeca Olvera Adalgisa
John Osborn Pollione
Péter Kálmán Oroveso
Liliana Nikiteanu Clotilde
Reinaldo Macias Flavio

Gianluca Capuano Conductor 
Moshe Leiser, Patrice Caurier Directors 

I Barocchisti
Swiss Radio and Television Chorus, Lugano

A Salzburg Festival production in association with U-Live/Universal Music Arts and Entertainment


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Cecilia Bartoli
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Rebeca Olvera
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John Osborn
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Péter Kálmán
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Gianluca Capuano
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I Barocchisti and Swiss Radio and Television Chorus, Lugano
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Norma | The New York Times

April 14th 2016

…a triumph

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Review by: 

George Loomis
The New York Times

Norma | The Telegraph

August 6th 2016

Cecilia Bartoli's Norma is a furious triumph ★★★★

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Review by: 

Ivan Hewett
The Telegraph

Norma | The Telegraph

August 6th 2016

She conveyed Norma’s confusion and fragility as well as her superb fury, and she made the immortal Casta Diva aria tremulous with suppressed emotion

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The Telegraph 

Norma | The Herald

August 7th 2016

Rebeca Olvera's Adalgisa is a gorgeous portrayal of corrupted innocence

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The Herald

Norma | The Sunday Times

August 14th 2016

Bartoli can project Norma's dilemma… with fierce and devastating intensity

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Review by: 

Hugh Canning

The Sunday Times

Photo: Uli Weber/U-Live


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