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Bellini
Norma

Norma may be the most challenging soprano role in all of Italian opera. Only the very greatest have the technical mastery and vocal acumen to convey all the facets of this virtuosic part. With this legendary cast, everything comes together in this bel canto masterpiece. Joan Sutherland’s ravishingly beautiful voice can do anything Bellini’s spectacular vocal line requires. As Norma’s friend Adalgisa, Marilyn Horne proves that mezzos can sing as gloriously as sopranos. Together they sent audiences into a frenzy. Add poetic Carlo Bergonzi as the man they both love and rich-voiced Cesare Siepi as Norma’s father, and you have one of the all time great broadcasts.

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Performance Info

Performance Date
Apr 4, 1970
Composer
Vincenzo Bellini
Librettist
Felice Romani
Run Time
2 HRS 28 MIN
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Cast & Creative
Conductor
Richard Bonynge
Norma
Joan Sutherland
Adalgisa
Marilyn Horne
Pollione
Carlo Bergonzi
Oroveso
Cesare Siepi
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