Met Opera on Demand Catalog
(Feb. 28, 1976)
Composer: Vincenzo Bellini
Librettist: Felice Romani
Masini; Caballé, Verrett, Alexander, Michalski
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 30 min.
Montserrat Caballé takes on the title heroine of Bellini’s bel canto drama, delivering an extraordinary performance in one of the most demanding roles in the soprano repertoire. A Druid priestess who has broken her vows for the sake of love, Norma finds herself in a love triangle with her confidante Adalgisa (a dramatically stirring Shirley Verrett) and Pollione, pro-consul of the Roman invaders (John Alexander). Raymond Michalski is Oroveso and Gianfranco Masini conducts this masterful score.