Archive for January, 2003

The Making of Norma: Daughter of Oroveso

Wednesday, January 1st, 2003

Vincenzo Bellini first saw the tragedy Norma by the playwright Alexandre Souret produced on a Parisian stage in 1831. Fascinated by the drama, Bellini soon employed it as the subject of his own opera by the same name, which he completed within three months of the theatrical performance. The romantic character of the work, brought to life by the music of Bellini, garnered the composer a true success.

In Warsaw, the original premiere of Norma took place in 1843 in the original Italian, followed by a production in 1845 with the text set in Polish. Since then, the opera has been respected for its unique role in the repertoire. However, the actual production of the opera is a task far from frequent, as the level of difficulty for the vocalists demands excellent vocal training and technique. The complex arias and ensembles require from the singer a remarkable range and continuity of phrase, both in lyrical moments as in coloratura passages.