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Conductor : 
Massimo Zanetti
Director : 
Davide Garattini Raimondi
Choirmaster : 
Pierre Iodice
Artist : 
Patrizia Ciofi, Silvia Dalla Benetta, Gregory Kunde, Josè Maria Lo Monaco, Andrea Concetti, Zeno Popescu
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Thu, 19/10/2017 to Sat, 04/11/2017

Last performance at the Opera : Mars 1997.

The Gallic high priestess Norma married a member of the Roman enemy Pollione and had two children with him. When she finds out that he loves Adalgisa, her soul is rent asunder. Outraged and desperate, she contemplates killing their children but her maternal instinct prevents her from doing so. Captured, the proconsul of Rome, Pollione, finally decides to die with Norma, who betrayed her people.


Bellini's most famous work experienced a chaotic process of creation, suffering from cabals and jealousy. Nonetheless, "Norma" has gained renown thanks to the extremely high quality of its music and the flourishing bel canto that makes its vocal momentums and melodies the most appealing but also the most difficult. Whilst the famous Casta diva, the opening aria of Norma, has alone become a symbol of Italian opera, the many cavatina and cabaletta sprinkled throughout the score demand a rare amount of power, vocal range, suppleness and agility from the characters, such virtuosity guaranteeing thrills and a deeply moving work! This new production by the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège will be one of the most unmissable events of the season.


Norma will also be produced at Palais des Beaux-Arts of Charleroi on saturday 4th of November 2017 at 8pm.


All opera performances are preceded by an introduction to the show that is open to all. The appointment is set 30 minutes before the performance in the company of a lecturer for a presentation that is pertinent to the work.