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. photo: Bellini's-"Norma", poster for 1831 premiere

Vincenzo Bellini: Norma

  • Opera (tragedia lirica) in two acts, in Italian
  • Music by Vincenzo Bellini
  • Libretto by Felice Romani after the play Norma, ou L'infanticide (Norma, or The Infanticide) by Alexandre Soumet (1788-1845)
  • Place: Gaul (France)
  • Time: c. 100-50 BC (Roman occupation)
  • Premiere and some important performances
    • Italy: 26 December 1831, World Premiere at La Scala, Milan
    • Italy: 1834 at Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Maria Malibran in the title role
    • France, Premiere: 1835, Paris. Right after the enormous success in Paris, Norma spread all over the world.
    • Latvia, Premiere: 1837 at the First City Theatre of Riga, conducted by Richard Wagner, who supplemented the opera with an aria for bass and choir, which has not survived in the later opera performances.
    • Sweden, Premiere: 19 May 1841 at Royal Swedish Opera, Stockholm, Jenny Lind as Norma, Berwald conducting
    • UK: 1843 at Her Majesty's Theatre, London, Luigi Lablache as Oroveso, Giulia Grisi as Norma, Dominique Conti as Pollione.
    • USA: 27 February 1890 at Metropolitan Opera, New York (1st performance at Met), Lilli Lehmann as Norma
    • USA: 1927 at Metropolitan Opera, New York, Rosa Ponselle as Norma
    • Italy: November/December 1948 at Teatro Comunale di Firenze, with Maria Callas, and Tullio Serafin conducting
    • UK: November 1952 at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, with Maria Callas as Norma and Joan Sutherland as Clotilde

. 2 finale, Luigi Lablache as Oroveso, Giulia Grisi as Norma, Dominique Conti as Pollione. Her Majesty's Theatre, London, 1843