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At The Opera, Bellini: Norma, September 8, 2018


Norma is an opera in two acts by Vincenzo Bellini with libretto by Felice Romani after the play Norma, ou L'infanticide (Norma, or The Infanticide) by Alexandre Soumet. It was first produced at La Scala in Milan on December 26, 1831.

The opera is regarded as a leading example of the bel canto genre, and the soprano prayer Casta diva in Act I is a famous piece. Notable exponents of the title role in the post-war period have been Maria Callas, Joan Sutherland, Montserrat Caballé.


Norma – Maria Callas

Pollione – Mario Filippeschi

Adalgisa – Ebe Stignani

Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala of Milan

Tullio Serafin – conductor

EMI - 1954


8:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m.
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:16 p.m.
Vincenzo Bellini: Norma BUY La Scala; Tullio Serafin, conductor Maria Callas
11:00 p.m.
11:25 p.m.
Massenet: Werther, lyric drama in 4 acts: Pourquoi me rΘveiller BUY from Ultimate Opera [Box Set]; composed by Massenet
London/Decca 4758366
11:28 p.m.
Bellini: I Puritani, opera: Polonaise: Son vergin vezzosa BUY from Ultimate Opera [Box Set]; composed by Bellini
London/Decca 4758366
11:31 p.m.
Ingvar Wixell BUY from Ultimate Opera [Box Set]
London/Decca 4758366
11:37 p.m.
Ponchielli: Tosca, opera: Vissi d'arte BUY from Ultimate Opera [Box Set]; composed by Ponchielli
London/Decca 4758366
11:41 p.m.
Amilcare Ponchielli: La Gioconda - Cielo e mar! BUY Vienna Opera; Alberto Erede, conductor Jussi Bjorling
London/Decca 4758366
11:46 p.m.
Wagner: Tristan und Isolde, Mild und leise (Liebestod) BUY from Ultimate Opera [Box Set]; composed by Wagner
London/Decca 4758366

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