The Royal Opera House

Bellini: Norma Blu-ray Disc (Nederlands Opera)

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.
‘Armenian soprano Hasmik Papian… portrays her Norma confidently, with lyrical and passionate passages, flexible and temperamental’ (NRC Handelsblad

Composer: Vincenzo Bellini
Norma: Hasmik Papian
Pollione: Hugh Smith
Adalgisa: Irini Tsirakidis
Oroveso: Giorgio Giuseppini

Chorus of the Nederlandse Opera
Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
Conductor: Julian Reynolds
Stage Director: Guy Joosten

Picture: 16:9 1080i
Sound: LPCM 2.0 / DTS 5.0 MA
Region code: 0 Worldwide
Running time: 188 mins
Recorded: 2005
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT/NE