In Guy Joosten’s ingenious production of Bellini’s masterpiece, Norma is about more than just beautiful singing. It becomes a layered, timeless drama in which Norma is the archetypal successful woman struggling to retain her dominant but vulnerable position. Hasmik Papian’s lyrical and intense interpretation of the title role accentuates the striking similarity between a Druid high priestess and a modern opera diva. Conductor Julian Reynolds guides the brilliant cast, choir and Netherlands Chamber Orchestra to great heights, providing a refreshing new take on the chef d’oeuvre of bel canto.
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“Joosten’s staging is quirky and fun, and offers plenty of scope for campery… first rate singing from Hasmik Papian and Irini Tsirakidis as Norma and Adalgisa, and conducting as exciting as it is elegant from Julian Reynolds.”
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