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NORMA © ROH / Bill Cooper

Bellini Norma

From 18 July TO 30 July 2022
Gran Teatre del Liceu - Barcelona
Program

Bellini : Norma

Cast
  • Conductor
    Domingo Hindoyan
  • Director
    Alex Ollé
  • Performers
    Norma: Marina Rebeka
    Pollione: Paolo Fanale
    Adalgisa: Varduhi Abrahamyan
    Oroveso: Nicolas Testé
  • Venue Info
  • Seating Plan
  • Synopsis

Gran Teatre del Liceu - Barcelona Location La Rambla, 51-59 - 08002 Barcelona Espagne

  • Venue's Capacity: 2290
  • Other : PRICE: The Gran Teatre del Liceu uses "Dynamic Pricing" that means that Prices for all performances are subject to change (increase and decrease) based on their sales. So, the prices may have changed, you will be informed of the new price as soon as possible, you will then be able to choose wether you want to buy your tickets at the new price or to cancel your booking (your credit card will not be charged).

On 4 April 1847, the Gran Teatre del Liceu established by Miguel Garriga, opened its doors with a very diverse programme. Anna Bolena by Donizetti was one of the major events here. In 1861, the theatre caught fire. It was rebuilt one year later to become the true rival of the old Santa Gran Teatre. At the end of the 19th century, the Liceu became the venue where people came to see and be seen; which is why the shows were performed with the house lights left on.

The work of national composers was rarely performed. However, among them were several highly esteemed composers, including GURIDI, ARRIETA and BRETON. The great French operas did not take hold quite as quickly as the Italian repertoire. It was in 1851 that Robert le diable was performed. Enthusiasm for MEYERBEER reached its peak with the performance of the play Les Huguenots in 1856; he is one of the most frequently performed composers in the history of the Liceu. This fascination of the public for the French repertoire grew with the performances of GOUNOD’s Faust in 1864 which was considered, with its 26 consecutive performances, as the last word in opera. At the end of the 19th century, the Liceu was one of the leading opera houses in Europe. Verdi was performed there, as were the great French operas, and national composers such as Felip PEDRELL and Wagner. Die Walküre caused a sensation and the house lights of the Liceu were put out for the first time.

The performance of Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov on 20 November 1915 marked the beginning of a period of splendour for Russian opera at the Liceu. When the second republic was proclaimed in 1931, political instability led to a serious financial crisis which badly affected the Liceu. During the civil war, the Liceu was nationalised and took the name “Gran Teatre del Liceu”. Its seasons were later suspended.

The activities of the Liceu began again in 1939 under the aegis of the Spanish and German authorities, subject to the propaganda of the Third Reich. Wagner was the most frequently performed composer during this period. In 1955, for the first time in its history, the Festival of Bayreuth was held at the Gran Teatre del Liceu. Germany felt the need to make up for its recent past. Barcelona was an obvious choice, given its longstanding Wagnerian tradition and the authoritarian regime that kept away any hostile element.

On 31 January 1994, the Liceu was once again destroyed by fire and it was rebuilt on the same site. The new building opened in 1999 offering great artistic and technological quality whilst respecting the former décor which had been reproduced. Its stage allows two or three performances at the same time with maximum visibility and an improved acoustic quality.

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Synopsis

Norma

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The opera from the famous Italian composer Vincenzo Bellini with libretto by Felice Romani, is quite rightly regarded as one of the best loved tragedies of the classical world.
First performed at Milan's La Scala in 1831, it was brought to an even wider European audience by the composer and director Richard Wagner.
Famous for one of the most demanding title roles in the whole history of opera, the piece is often seen as a career making production for the greatest vocalists in the whole of opera.

THE HISTORY

The story is set in ancient Gaul around 50 BC and tells of the struggles of the ancient druids and the newly invading Roman forces. The opera focuses on the troubled love triangle between the title character, the Roman consul father of her children Pollione and his new paramour Adalgisa.
The story brings forth the tensions of romantic pain and tragedy and features emotional content of stirring beauty. Making use of just two acts instead of the more common three, the opera is a stunning testament to timeless themes of tragedy and confusion.

Act 1

In the grove of the druids the chief Oriviso leads his followers to pray for victory in the conflict with the Romans. The secret father of the central character's children, Pollione appears with his companion Flavio. Pollione tells her that he no longer loves her, and has instead fallen for the priestess Adalgisa. Anger and resentment fill the stage before Pollione reappears alongside Adalgisa and begs her to leave Gaul with him for his home city of Rome. Later Adalgisa tells Norma of her love for Pollione. The heroine cries a bitter song of betrayal.

Act 2

The title character considers killing her children as recompense for their father's betrayal, but it is held back by a pure love for them. Instead she asks Adalgisa to take them to Rome with their father. Adalgisa however, renounces her feelings for Pollione and pleads with him to stay in Gaul. She fails in this attempt however, and soon the call to war is issued by the druids. Around this time Pollione is captured, having entered the druid's temple in an effort to kidnap Adalsisa. Unable to stand the thought of being a witness to his sacrifice, Norma instead offers herself. Naming herself as the perfect sacrificial victim - as a high-priestess who has broken her vows - she leaps into the temple flames. Pollione, realising his love for her once more, follows her and also jumps into the fire.

THE MAIN ROLES

Norma, daughter of Oroveso, High-priestess of the Druids, soprano
Adalgisa, priestess in the grove of the Irminsul statue, soprano/mezzo soprano
Pollione, Roman proconsul in Gaul, tenor
Oroveso, chief of the Druids, bass
Clotilde, druid friend, soprano
Flavio, Pollione's companion, tenor

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