LIVE RECORDING FROM THE GRAN TEATRE DEL LICEU, BARCELONA 2007
Pollione VINCENZO LA SCOLA Oroveso ANDREA PAPI Norma FIORENZA CEDOLINS Adalgisa SONIA GANASSI Clotilde BEGOÑA ALBERDI Flavio JON PLAZAOLA
SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND CHORUS OF THE GRAN TEATRE DEL LICEU Conducted by GIULIANO CARELLA Directed by FRANCISCO NEGRIN Set Design by ANTHONY BAKER Costumes by JONATHAN MORRELL
Arthaus Musik presents a powerful story of love, betrayal and honour, “Norma” is a classic of the belcanto tradition, combining lavish vocal splendour with a story of great passion and nobility.
Over the centuries, opera composers and librettists have created scores of spectacular roles for sopranos. And of all the great soprano roles in operatic history, there‘s one that may cover more dramatic territory, and demand more of those who perform it, than any other.
The title character in Bellini‘s “Norma” is a role with emotions ranging from haughty and demanding, to desperately passionate, to vengeful and defi ant. And the singer must convey all of this while confronting some of the most vocally challenging music ever composed.
Italian soprano Fiorenza Cedolins is one of the most thrilling Normas of the younger operatic generation of singers.
Along with a distinguished supporting cast (Sonia Ganassi as Adalgisa and Vincenzo La Scola as Pollione) this finest psychologically staged production by Francisco Negrin, conducted by Giuliano Carella, makes the belcanto tradition vivid and exciting for all generations.