Bellini's 'Norma' From Barcelona

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky stars in Bellini's 'Norma'  in a production from the Grand Liceu Theater in Barcelona. Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky stars in Bellini's 'Norma' in a production from the Grand Liceu Theater in Barcelona. (Javier del Real)
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Perhaps the ultimate bel canto classic, Bellini's masterpiece "Norma" features a powerfully emotional story and a title role that's among the most challenging in all of opera. Since the opera's premiere at La Scala in 1831, the title role has both challenged and inspired generations of the world's finest singers, including one from the current generation — the brilliant American soprano Sondra Radvanovsky.

On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents Radvanovsky as Bellini's Norma in a production from the Grand Liceu Theater in Barcelona. The cast also includes mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Gubanova as Adalgisa, and tenor Gregory Kunde as Pollione.

Cast:

Norma: Sodra Radvanovsky (soprano)
Adalgisa: Ekaterina Gubanova (mezzo-soprano)
Pollione: Gregory Kunde (tenor)
Oroveso: Raymond Aceto (bass)
Clotilde: Ana Puche (soprano)
Flavio: Francisco Vas (tenor)

Grand Liceu Theater Orchestra and Chorus
Renato Palumbo, conductor

Comments [5]

James Frankenberger from Chicago

Was a recording (DVD or CD) made of this production, and will it be available anytime soon??

Aug. 15 2015 11:39 AM

Is not Radvanovsky the Callas of our time? Her timbre is comparable, but even more vocally perfect.

Apr. 18 2015 06:42 PM
Les from Miami, Florida

To quote the character Shirley McClain played in "The West Side Waltz", "Now we're cookin`!" The Liceu, long a singers' house, has done it again. Sondra (not Sodra!) Radvanovsky, who will sing in "Roberto Devereux" at the Met next season, is an inspired choice for "Norma", about which Lilli Lehmann, who sang everything before the turn of the 20th Century, said was more difficult than singing Wagner. Ekaterina Gubanova's artistry we're hearing as Princess Eboli in the current Met production of "Don Carlo". The men's voices can also be listened to with confidence.

Apr. 16 2015 09:05 AM
concetta nardone from Nassau

What gorgeous music in this one. Bellini was like holy water that so many composers dipped into. Siegfried's Rhine Journey sounds so much like Bellini. And the finale of Norma and Die Walkure just flow into each other.

Apr. 16 2015 07:16 AM
Rosanna from NYC

Sondra Radvanovsky as Norma: bravissima!!!!! She is definitely the 1st great Norma of the 21st century.

Apr. 16 2015 01:01 AM

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