A close-knit community’s way of life is threatened by unstoppable change. The people want war. Their priestess Norma, secretly in love with one of the enemy, resists. But now he has a new love. And in the face of his betrayal, it seems Norma is prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice.
Award-winning director Christopher Alden returns to ENO for our first-ever production of Bellini’s masterpiece. Celebrated for its finely shaped melodies and exquisite arias, Norma is full of ravishing music.
This critically acclaimed production sets the action in a rural community in the mid-19th century. Rising star soprano Marjorie Owens sings the demanding title role, alongside Peter Auty as the love-rat Pollione who cheats on her. Bel canto specialist Stephen Lord conducts.
Running time: 3hrs
Language: Sung in English, with surtitles projected above the stage
Signed Performance: 7 March 2016
Want to learn more about Norma?
Join a pre-performance discussion with musicologist Roger Parker, plus designer Charles Edwards, on 24 February.
Norma cast and creative team
Conductor Stephen Lord
Director Christopher Alden
Set Designer Charles Edwards
Costume Designer Sue Willmington
Lighting Designer Adam Silverman
Translator George Hall
Norma Marjorie Owens
Adalgisa Jennifer Holloway
Pollione Peter Auty
Oroveso James Creswell
Clotilde Valerie Reid
Flavio Adrian Dwyer
Originally created by Opera North in a co-production with Die Theater Chemnitz
New production supported by the English National Opera Trust and the American Friends of ENO.