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Host Sean Bianco brings you a full-length opera featuring great voices from the past and present followed by “Opera Potpourri.”
Norma is an opera in two acts by Vincenzo Bellini with libretto by Felice Romani. 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 a major soprano aria, Casta diva, in act 1, is one of the most famous of the nineteenth century. A notable Norma of the post-war period was Maria Callas who we will be hearing on the broadcast from 1961 with Franco Corelli. Tullio Serafin conducts.
La Scala presents NORMA.Opera in four acts by Vincenzo Bellini.Libretto by Felice Romani.Based on the play by Alexandre Soumet.Norma - MARIA CALLAS soprano.Pollione - FRANCO CORELLI tenor.Adalgisa - CHRISTA LUDWIG mezzo soprano.Oroveso - NICOLA ZACCARIA bass.Clotilde - EDDA VINCENZI soprano.Flavio - PIERO DE PALMA tenor.Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala Opera House, Milan.TULLIO SERAFIN conductor.Chorus master Norberto Mola.