by VINCENZO BELLINI
“If I were shipwrecked, I would leave all of my other operas and try to save Norma.”
A clandestine love affair brings two extreme enemies together during a time of war. But when Norma discovers that her beloved now loves another, an impassioned new battle begins as betrayal, torment, and ferocity take the reins. The unforgettable conclusion entails an extraordinary public confession and the ultimate personal sacrifice.
The notoriously demanding title role is a thrilling challenge, and the opera rises to its greatest lyrical heights in the celebrated aria, “Casta diva.” By the end, you will understand why the spectacular conclusion of Norma has been called one of the finest things ever created for the stage.
Miami performances are at the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, 1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami.
Fort Lauderdale performances are at the Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale.
|Norma||Mlada Khudoley* [Jan 23, 30, Feb 11, 13]
Mary Elizabeth Williams* [Jan 24, 26, 29]
|Adalgisa||Dana Beth Miller [Jan 23, 24, 26]
Catherine Martin* [Jan 29, 30, Feb 11, 13]
|Pollione||Giancarlo Monsalve* [Jan 23, 30, Feb 11, 13]
Frank Porretta [Jan 24, 26, 29]
|* = FGO debut|
Sung in Italian with English and Spanish projected titles
Photo © Philip Groshong for Cincinnati Opera