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BELLINI - NORMA



Venice: La Fenice Opera House

Conductor: Gaetano d’Espinosa

Director, sets & costumes: Kara Walker

Running time: 2h52'
Act 1st: 1h25'
interval: 0h25'
Act 2nd: 1h5'

Dates and times

Day

Date

Time

Description

Sale

wed

2015-05-20

19:00

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Not available

sun

2015-05-24

15:30

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wed

2015-05-27

19:00

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Not available

sat

2015-05-30

15:30

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Not available

wed

2015-06-03

19:00

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Not available

sat

2015-06-06

19:00

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Not available

cast

Pollione | Gregory Kunde
Oroveso | Dmitry Beloselskiy
Norma | Carmela Remigio (20, 24, 27, 30/05) / Maria Billeri (3, 6/6)
Adalgisa | Veronica Simeoni (20, 24, 27/5) / Roxana Constantinescu (30/5 - 3, 6/6)
Clotilde | Anna Bordignon
Flavio | Emanuele Giannino

Conductor | Gaetano d’Espinosa
Director, sets & costumes | Kara Walker

La Fenice Opera House Orchestra and Chorus
Chorus Master Claudio Marino Moretti

La Fenice Opera House production
Special Project of the 56th Venice International Art Exhibition



A new production of Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma will go on stage; set design will be by a visual artist commissioned by the Biennale management. The event will therefore be a special project in the 56th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale that opens in Venice on 9 May 2015.

Norma
is Vincenzo Bellini’s third last opera, and probably also the most often performed (the famous aria ‘Casta diva’ has been a test bench for the greatest sopranos in the world). A two-act opera to a libretto by Felice Romani, it debuted at La Scala in December 1831; it combines a dramatic love story – between the protagonist and the proconsul Pollion, and an equally tragic political situation between the conquered (the Gauls, with Norma as their high-priestess), and the conquerors (the Roman occupation army). With a succession of coup-de-théâtre, in the final climax the heroine, realising she betrayed her own people out of love, sentences herself to the stake, followed by Pollione who is abased but admires the nobility of her gesture. The set for this production is by a contemporary artist and is a special project of the 56th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale.