Norma (Opera) Donald Shanks, Lamberto Furian, Paul Ferris
Souvenir Brochure Australian Opera 1983 Sydney Opera House
Norma is a tragedia lirica or opera in two acts by Vincenzo Bellini with libretto by Felice Romani after Norma, ossia L'infanticidio (Norma, or The Infanticide) by Alexandre Soumet. First produced at La Scala on 26 December 1831, it is regarded as a leading example of the bel canto genre. "Casta diva", in Act 1, is one of the most famous arias of the nineteenth century.
In a letter dated 1 September 1831, Bellini wrote to the soprano Giuditta Pasta that "Romani [the librettist] believes [that this subject] will be very effective, and absolutely ideal for your encyclopedic character, because that is the kind of character Norma has". Pasta's vocal and dramatic ranges were extensive: that March, she had created the very different Bellini role of Amina, the Swiss village maiden, in La sonnambula.
Cast: Donald Shanks, Lamberto Furian, Paul Ferris, Rita Hunter, Rachel Gettler, Judith Saliba.
Concert Master Ladislav Jasek
Production Christopher Renshaw
Conductor Geoffrey Arnold
Lighting Donn Byrnes
Chorus Master Martin Handley
Condition: Used Good 7/10 Looks Good (Cover showing some age/stapes have rust)
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