New production Antonio Pappano conducts an all-star cast in a new production of Bellini’s operatic masterpiece. This new production of Norma for The Royal Opera is distinguished by a superlative cast of internationally renowned singers. Bellini’s classic bel canto opera is full of wonderful melodies and opportunities for star singing. But it is especially known for Norma's stunning showpiece aria, ‘Casta diva’. Àlex Ollé of innovative Catalan theatre group La Fura dels Baus directs, bringing a modern edge to this timeless tale of love, rivalry and betrayal, set against a backdrop of war driven by the extremes of a fanatically religious society. Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano conducts this stunning cast including Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva as Norma with Joseph Calleja as her secret lover, Pollione, Sonia Ganassi as the priestess Adalgisa and Brindley Sherratt as Norma's father Oroveso. This striking new production opens the 2016/17 Season.
APPROXIMATE running time 3 HOURS, INCLUDING ONE Interval, plus a 15-minute introduction. SUNG IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES