Norma is a ‘tragedia lirica’ or opera in two acts by Vincenzo Bellini with libretto by Felice Romani after the play Norma, ou L’infanticide (Norma, or The Infanticide) by Alexandre Soumet. It was first produced at La Scala in Milan on 26 December 1831.
The opera is regarded as a leading example of the bel canto genre, and the soprano prayer Casta diva in Act I is a famous piece. Notable exponents of the title role in the post-war period have been Maria Callas, Joan Sutherland, Montserrat Caballé and, in the 2007 Biondi-Minasi critical edition based on Bellini’s autograph score, Cecilia Bartoli.
The Italian Opera series is designed for true connoisseurs of art, music and Italian language.
In each meeting our Italian teachers, Anna and Paula, will talk about the historical context, the figure of the author and the plot of the work. Of course, there will be enough space to listen and study some of the most famous arias. The course is in Italian.