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.
Norma: Hasmik Papian Pollione: Hugh Smith Adalgisa: Irini Tsirakidis Oroveso: Giorgio Giuseppini Clotilde: Anna Steiger Flavio: Carlo Bosi
Extra: Illustrated Synopsis and Cast gallery. Introduction, including interviews with principal members of the cast and the artistic team.
Picture: 16:9 Sound: PCM 2.0 / 5.1 DTS Format: NTSC Region code: 0 (worldwide) Duration: 188 mins Year: 2005
'Norma. Diva. Callas. Three keywords that are the core of Joosten's staging. A diva in a Callas costume who, as Norma, loses her way in the labyrinths of the opera world and who can no longer distinguish between the drama on stage and reality. Joosten's stage interpretation offers interesting contemplations on opera business and on the role and character of a star soprano in a typical Callas situation...The story starts as an opera in an opera, but gradually the boundaries between theatre and reality become more and more ambivalent, great class!'Trouw
'Armenian soprano Hasmik Papian...portrays her Norma confidently, with lyrical and passionate passages, flexible and temperamental...' NRC Handelsblad
'Conductor Julian Reynolds...extensively studied Bellinis score in manuscript and introduces lots of surprising details.' De Telegraaf