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Norma (Blu-ray) - Radvanovsky

Item# 814337013738


Norma (Blu-ray) - Radvanovsky
Actors: Sondra Radvanovsky, Ekaterina Gubanova, Gregory Kunde, Raymond Aceto, Francisco Vas
Directors: Kevin Newbury, Jean-Pierre Loisil
Language: German, English, French, Italian, Spanish
Number of discs: 1
Studio: C Major Entertainment
DVD Release Date: September 30, 2016
Run Time: 176 minutes

Vincenzo Bellini is widely regarded as the last and greatest composer of bel canto opera, and his most famous operas, Norma, is one of the leading works in the genre.

Even Richard Wagner said of Norma: “If we weep from emotion on hearing it, it’s nothing to be ashamed of.” This release is a new production of the opera, directed by Grammy Award-nominated director of opera, theatre, and film, Kevin Newbury.

Sondra Radvanovsky stars as a captivating Norma in a performance in which the New York Times described as “powerful, elegant.” Gregory Kunde performs as Pollione. operatraveller.com wrote of his performance: “something very special. The word ‘historic’ is used perhaps a little too often but tonight there really is no other adjective to describe the sensational performances offered to us by Sondra Radvanovsky and Gregory Kunde.”

Norma
This opera is an extraordinary fusion of sublime melody, vocal challenge, and dramatic power. It examines an ageless and archetypal situation: a powerful woman compromises her ideals for love, only to find herself betrayed by her lover. But equally gripping is her relationship with the younger woman, who is the new object of her former lover’s attention and in whom Norma sees both a rival and a second self. The title role demands dramatic vocal power combined with the agility and technique of a coloratura singer. It is a daunting challenge that few can rise to: those who have are part of operatic lore. Premiere: Teatro alla Scala, Milan, 1831.
 
Composer
Vincenzo Bellini (1801–1835)

Setting
The opera is set in Gaul (France) at the beginning of its occupation by the Roman Empire. Almost all of the characters are druids, members of the Gallic priesthood, the only exceptions being the tenors, both of whom are Romans.
It is interesting that the Roman Empire, long depicted in European culture as a civilizing force, is here seen as corrupt and exploitative.
 


 


 

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