by Vincenzo Bellini

Norma on stage

Norma is a masterpiece of the Bel Canto period and one of the most famous operas of all time. It tells the story of a Druid Priestess who forms an illicit bond with a Proconsul of the Roman army, thereby betraying her people and beginning a chain of events that may lead to war. Bellini's great work contains some of the most beloved music in all opera, including the glorious aria for soprano, "Casta Diva".


The Romans have captured Gaul. Norma, high priestess of the Druid Temple, has broken her vow of chastity and fallen in love with the Roman proconsul, Pollione. They now have two sons, whom Norma keeps hidden, fearing the reaction of the Druids should the truth be known.  Eventually, Pollione grows cold to Norma, and falls in love with a younger priestess of the same temple, Adalgisa.

Norma attempts to persuade Pollione to leave Adalgisa and come back to her, but he refuses.This causes Norma to become furious and rally her people for war, proclaiming that the powerful Roman eagle will fall. The only thing that remains is to find a sacrificial victim. Clotilde informs everyone that Pollione has been caught in the sacred area of the virgins, thereby desecrating the temple.

Oroveso and the druids urge Norma to kill Pollione, but she cannot bring herself to do it. Pollione begs Norma to have mercy on Adalgisa, whatever his fate. Norma shockingly offers the druids a new sacrificial victim: a priestess who has broken her holy vows, betraying her people and their gods. She publicly confesses her guilt and is sentenced to be burned at the stake. Pollione realizes that he has always loved Norma and joins her in the fire.


Norma -  LisaMarie Bresett, Sylwia Karwowska   Adalgisa - LisaMarie Bressett, Annette Ducharme, Sylwia Karwowska   Pollione - Derek Bacchioni, Brent MacKenzie  Oroveso -  Richard Williams, Roberto Solla  Clotilde -  Iuliia Nikolaeva  Flavio - Mike Novak, Alessandro Alvarado