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.
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