Norma At Lyric Opera House
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A Druid priestess contracts Roman fever after stepping under the mistletoe with a Roman centurion. Norma has secretly borne two children by the Roman enemy Pollione. His dalliance with her fellow priestess Adalgisa sets off a series of political and familial crises, culminating in Norma’s fiery destruction.
The title role is considered one of the most demanding in the bel canto repertoire. From the moment Norma takes the stage, and begins the glorious prayer “Casta Diva”, she dominates the remainder of the opera. What follows are moving duets with both Adalgisa and her lover Pollione; arias that convey her anguish over the future of her children and the final acceptance of her fate, all punctuated by the powerful chorus of Druids.
Hasmik Papian, who earned critical acclaim for her portrayal of Norma throughout Europe and at the Washington National Opera, returns to the BOC where she first performed the role in the United States in 1998. She appears regularly at the Vienna State Opera, La Scala Milan, the Metropolitan Opera and San Francisco Opera. Ruth Ann Swenson, whose creamy coloratura has graced roles such as Semele, The Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, Maria Stuarda and Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare, sings the role of Adalgisa.
American tenor Frank Porretta will portray the Roman centurion Pollione. Porretta’s powerful tenor was heard at the Lyric Opera House in _Turandot, Tosca and Il Trovatore_. Maestro Christian Badea leads the all-star cast. The production will be designed and directed by the renowned design of Roberto Oswald and Anibal Lapiz.