Opera in two acts,Booklet by Felice Romani,From the tragedy of Alexandre Soumet Norma or Infanticide
Created on 26 December 1831 at the Scala in Milan
Sung in Italian, surtitled in French
When Giuditta Pasta, a soprano at the height of his glory, created Norma at La Scala in Milan, Vincenzo Bellini had already had many successes to his credit. Thanks to the close collaboration with the librettist Felice Romani, the work is born in less than three months. After a rather cold reception, which will destabilize the Sicilian composer, Norma quickly becomes a leading work in the seasons of theaters around the world.
Betrayal, maternal love and passions intertwined on the backdrop of decoration of a Gaul under the Roman occupation, mirror of Italy under foreign domination on the eve of the Risorgimento.
The priestess Norma secretly married the Roman proconsul Pollione who gave her two children. He then leaves her for Adalgisa. Wounded by this abandonment, Norma wants to commit suicide and entrust her children to Adalgisa ..
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