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'Pierces to the core of the drama' ★★★★ The Guardian
Norma explores the life of an enclosed community desperate to protect its beliefs in the face of unstoppable change. At the heart of this emotional rollercoaster lies the impossible love between Norma and Pollione, the father of her children and the outsider who is destroying her community’s way of life. When he betrays her love, she urges her people to rise up and fight for their freedom.
Award-winning director Christopher Alden (Partenope, Rigoletto) returns to ENO for their first-ever production of Bellini’s indisputable bel canto masterpiece. Celebrated for its finely shaped melodies and exquisite arias, Norma is full of ravishing music. This critically admired production is set in the American mid-west during the late nineteenth century.
Rising star soprano Marjorie Owens makes her UK operatic debut in the demanding title role, with leading British tenor Peter Auty playing the love-rat Pollione who cheats on her. Bel canto specialist Stephen Lord conducts.
Running time3 hours
Sung in English with lyrics projected above the stage. Please note: No view of surtitles from row H backwards in Dress Circle and rows K & L in the Upper Circle
Tatsiana Bandarenka12th March
I enjoyed the Opera "Norma" Despite on minimum decorations on the stage, the performance was amazing. Beautiful singing!!!! English National Opera theater is one of my favorite :)
Borislav Kolarov18th February
the performance was very good but the interior was very poor