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Washington National Opera: Norma

In Bellini's Norma, rising star Angela Meade is the Druid priestess who secretly carries on a love affair in the midst of the Gallic-Roman wars. When her lover's affections shift, the mystic Norma turns warrior, prepared to seek revenge.

  • Mar. 9 - 24, 2013
  • Opera House
  • 2 hours, 40 minutes
  • $25.00 - $315.00
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Vincenzo Bellini's Norma
Libretto by Felice Romani
New Production

A secret affair across enemy lines becomes a war of hearts when love is betrayed. In the midst of the Gallic-Roman wars, the Druid priestess Norma secretly carries on a love affair with the enemy's proconsul, Pollione. When a younger priestess, Adalgisa, catches Pollione's eye, the mystic Norma turns warrior, prepared to seek revenge for this betrayal.
 
Fresh from acclaimed performances of Norma in concert, rising opera star Angela Meade makes her stage debut of the notoriously difficult title role opposite the formidable mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick, who sings the role of Norma's rival, Adalgisa, in this thrilling new WNO production directed by Anne Bogart and conducted by Daniele Rustioni
 
Norma: Angela Meade
Adalgisa: Dolora Zajick
Pollione: Rafael Davila
Oroveso: Dmitry Belosselskiy
Conductor: Daniele Rustioni
Director: Anne Bogart
Set Designer: Neil Patel
Costume Designer: James Schuette
Lighting Designer: Christopher Akerlind
Choreographer: Barney O'Hanlon
 
Opera Insight: Free preview of Puccini's Manon Lescaut and Bellini's Norma on the Millennium Stage featuring members of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program on Tue., Feb. 5 at 6 p.m.

O-Zone Lecture: Free pre-performance lecture in the Opera House - Thu., Mar. 21 at 6:15 p.m. Patrons must present a ticket or stub from any performance of this production.

Artist Q&A follows the performance on: Sun., Mar. 24. Artist Q&As are free, but patrons must present a ticket or stub from any performance of the production that is being discussed.

Performed in Italian with English supertitles. Supertitles may not be visible from the rear of the orchestra.

Performance Timing: Act I - 80 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Act II - 60 min.  (2-3/4 hours)

Watch and Listen

Angela Meade Singing "Casta Diva" from Bellini's Norma

Angela Meade sings an excerpt from "Casta Diva" for the 2013 Washington National Opera production of Bellini's Norma.
WNO Commentary: Norma 1 of 6: Introduction and Overture (audio only)

Musicologist Saul Lilienstein offers his commentary on Bellini's Norma, featuring insights about the music and history. Watch the WNO's production of Norma running from March 9th to March 24th, 2013. Musical excerpts used courtesy of EMI Classics.
WNO Commentary: Norma 2 of 6: Act One: In the Sacred Forest (audio only)

Musicologist Saul Lilienstein offers his commentary on Bellini's Norma, featuring insights about the music and history. Watch the WNO's production of Norma running from March 9th to March 24th, 2013. Musical excerpts used courtesy of EMI Classics.
WNO Commentary: Norma 3 of 6: Act One: Norma (audio only)

Musicologist Saul Lilienstein offers his commentary on Bellini's Norma, featuring insights about the music and history. Watch the WNO's production of Norma running from March 9th to March 24th, 2013. Musical excerpts used courtesy of EMI Classics.
WNO Commentary: Norma 4 of 6: Act One: The triangle of love and deception (audio only)

Musicologist Saul Lilienstein offers his commentary on Bellini's Norma, featuring insights about the music and history. Watch the WNO's production of Norma running from March 9th to March 24th, 2013. Musical excerpts used courtesy of EMI Classics.
WNO Commentary: Norma 5 of 6: Act Two: Norma and Adalgisa (audio only)

Musicologist Saul Lilienstein offers his commentary on Bellini's Norma, featuring insights about the music and history. Watch the WNO's production of Norma running from March 9th to March 24th, 2013. Musical excerpts used courtesy of EMI Classics.
WNO Commentary: Norma 6 of 6: Act Two: The sacrifice (audio only)

Musicologist Saul Lilienstein offers his commentary on Bellini's Norma, featuring insights about the music and history. Watch the WNO's production of Norma running from March 9th to March 24th, 2013. Musical excerpts used courtesy of EMI Classics.
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