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War Memorial Opera House
301 Van Ness Ave. San Francisco, CA 94102
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Though publicly revered as the spiritual leader and champion of moral fortitude for her people, Norma is haunted by the private, all-too-human transgressions of her past. She must make an impossible decision in this tragic story of raging emotions and clashing cultures. A feast of lyricism and theatrics, Bellini’s best-known work features one of the most defining soprano roles in all of opera.

Sounds. Considered the ultimate in bel canto (beautiful singing) style, Norma courses with sinuous melodies. Hear the haunting and ethereal aria “Casta Diva,” one of the most famous pieces of operatic music ever written.

Sights. The Druids’ reverence for nature inspires this eerie production of warm woods and moonlight. Unusual patterns of timber, combined with “superbly nuanced lighting” (Toronto Sun), evoke a primordial world of sacred forests.

Stories. In ancient Gaul, the indigenous Druids, led by their high priestess Norma, struggle against the occupying Romans. While the Druids plan a revolt, Norma wrestles with her own inner demons as she attempts to win back the love of the Roman pro-consul Pollione, whose children she has secretly borne. Torn by love and responsibility, she makes the ultimate sacrifice.