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Norma (2 CD) – Sills, Levine

Item# 1000003588


Norma (2 CD) – Sills, Levine

Composer: Vincenzo Bellini
Release Date: July 21, 2009
Conductor: James Levine
Artists:
Beverly Sills
Shirley Verrett
Enrico Di Giuseppe
Paul Plishka
Orchestra: London New Philharmonia Orchestra
Label: Deutsche Grammophon

This 1973 studio recording of Norma stars Beverly Sills unleashing her imposing vocal talents and formidable skills in this role which requires not only forceful delivery but also silky, smooth lines and immaculate technique. Her duets with Shirley Verrett are a highlight of this recording.

“A first-class dramatic portrayal” – Opera News
 

Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma

Bellini’s tragic tale of a tormented priestess caught in a love triangle, first heard in 1831, features one of the greatest bel canto roles in the soprano repertoire. The title heroine’s aria “Casta diva” has become synonymous with this style, which combines a wealth of melody with long legato lines and vocal fireworks.

 

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