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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.

About the Ticket Supplier: San Francisco Opera

A leader among international opera companies for nine decades, San Francisco Opera was founded in 1923 by Gaetano Merola (1881–1953). Merola and his successor as general director, Kurt Herbert Adler, established a formidable institution heralded for its first-rate productions and roster of international opera stars. The landmark War Memorial Opera House has been the Company’s home since October 15, 1932.

After Adler’s tenure, the Company was led by Terence A. McEwen (1982–1988), Lotfi Mansouri (1988–2001), and Pamela Rosenberg (2001–2005). In January 2006 David Gockley became the Opera’s sixth general director after more than 30 years at the helm of Houston Grand Opera. That May, Gockley took opera to the center of the community with a free outdoor simulcast of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. Subsequent simulcasts, including nine at AT&T Park, have collectively drawn nearly 200,000 opera fans. Created in 2007 the Koret-Taube Media Suite has enabled the Company to produce simulcasts and other projects including OperaVision (screens providing HD close-up shots for patrons in balcony seats), the Grand Opera Cinema Series in theaters and performing arts centers, an annual series of KQED telecasts and releases of DVDs and Blu-Rays of recent performances. Regular San Francisco Opera radio broadcasts returned to national and international airwaves in 2007.

Italian conductor Nicola Luisotti, one of the opera world’s most exciting conductors, has been music director since the fall of 2009.