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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 after 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 a major soprano aria, Casta diva, in act 1, is one of the most famous of the nineteenth century. Some notable Normas of the post-war period were Maria Callas, Joan Sutherland, and Montserrat Caballé.
Montserrat Caballe – Norma
Jon Vickers – Pollione
Adalgisa – Josephine Veasey
Oroveso – Agostino Ferrin
Conductor – Giuseppe Patane
Live in Torino 1974
The great American soprano Patrice Munsel dead at 92. Listen to my tribute after the feature opera.