NORMA opera by Vincenzo Bellini
Norma by Vincenzo Bellini
May 25 & June 2, 2019
Veteran's Memorial Building,
NORMA is a bel canto masterpiece, tragic opera written by Vincenzo Bellini. The opera is in 2 Acts and will be performed in Italian with English supertitles. The production features Bellini's signature long melodies and is considered a masterpiece of the bel canto genre, which is defined by a highly expressive style of singing. Norma also features one of the all-time great soprano arias, Casta Diva.
All opera tickets include performance, wine and appetizer reception pre-show and at Inermission.
The action takes place in Roman-occupied transalpine Gaul, towards 50 BC. The druidess Norma has had two children by her lover Pollione, the Roman proconsul in Gaul. But Pollione has already forgotten her and now thinks only of the young novice Adalgisa, whom he dreams of taking to Rome.Having come to seek advice from Norma, Adalgisa reveals her lovers name to the priestess: Adalgisa is horrified to discover Polliones lie, and Norma is stunned and can no longer contain her rage: can she live? must she kill or spare Polliones children? By renouncing Pollione, Adalgisa believes she can bind the wound, but nothing helps; after accusing the father of her children and threatening him with death, Norma sacrifices herself on the pyre, followed by Pollione, now conscious of his acts and suddenly moved by grace.
An assembly of druids prepares to celebrate the ritual harvest of sacred mistletoe. They are led by Oroveso, Normas father. The druids invoke Irminsul and wait for a sign from God authorising them to break the truce concluded with the Romans so they can resume their war. Among their adversaries is the proconsul, Pollione: the secret lover of the priestess Norma who has given him two children Pollione has recently fallen in love with the novice Adalgisa and fears Normas vengeance above all. Norma appears and addresses an ecstatic prayer to the moon.
Excerpt : Casta diva
Adalgisa feels guilty for violating her vow of chastity. When she sees Pollione, she rejects him and begs him to leave. Feeling hurt, Pollione attempts to convince her to follow him to Rome; Adalgisa at first resists but ends up agreeing to flee with him the next day.
Excerpt : Va, crudele
Norma learns of Polliones betrayal with the same dread with which Adalgisa discovered her lovers lies and she had been ready to sacrifice her vows for him!Born of an eternally damned union, Normas children are now her shame : the druidess first thinks of killing them as they sleep, but her maternal instincts hold her back. She summons Adalgisa and instructs her to take her children to Pollione, with whom she wishes to see her united. But Adalgisa refuses : not only has she renounced the Roman, but she is certain that he will in the end come back to Norma.
Excerpt : Mira, o Norma
As war threatens once again, Normas last illusion is shattered when she learns that Pollione intends to carry Adalgisa off to Rome. She calls together priests and warriors and then launches attacks against the Romans. With Pollione captured, Norma grabs a dagger, threatens him with it, and finally manages to convince him to sacrifice himself in order to save Adalgisa from being burned at the stake.
Excerpt : In mia man alfin tu sei
Norma summons everyone and announces before her people that a false priestess has violated her sacred vows and, as expiation for her sins, demands to be burned alive. It is she herself.In a supreme gesture, Norma steps atop the pyre and offers herself to the flames, accompanied by a Pollione moved by grace.
Excerpt : Qual cor tradisti, qual cor perdesti
COMPOSER :Vincenzo Bellini
LIBRETTIST :Felice Romani
CREATION YEAR :1831
CREATION PLACE :Italy
ACTS NUMBER :2
ORIGINAL LANGUAGE :Italian
OPERA HOUSE OF ORIGINAL PRODUCTION :Teatro alla Scala di Milano.
PUBLISHERS :Ricordi (Milan)
Santa Cruz Veterans Memorial Building, C.G. Matthews Theater (View)
846 Front St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|