Boston Lyric Opera Presents NORMA
January 15, 2020
For its first production of Vincenzo Bellini's 1831 masterwork, NORMA, in nearly 40 years, Boston Lyric Opera (BLO) brings back the international star it introduced to the U.S. just over two years ago. Elena Stikhina makes her debut in one of opera's most technically demanding roles a?' a powerful Druid priestess whose affair with the general of a warring Roman faction brings personal grief and despair. The Russian-born soprano made her American debut in BLO's 2017 production of Tosca. Her subsequent national and international acclaim includes a lauded 2018 Metropolitan Opera debut in Puccini's Il Trittico. Best known for its star-making aria a?oeCasta Diva,a?? BLO presents Bellini's dramatic bel canto opera for five performances from March 13-22 at the Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre. Tickets are on sale now at BLO.org. (more...)
Boston Lyric Opera Announces 2019 Season
March 11, 2019
Proving the enduring vibrancy and relevancy of the art form (while celebrating a milestone for its leader), Boston Lyric Opera's 2019/20 Season of new productions spans three centuries of composers -- focusing on works that reflect the highs and lows of power and politics, bringing passionate opera installations to new neighborhoods, and introducing audiences to rising stars from diverse backgrounds. Among the season highlights, Russian-born soprano Elena Stikhina returns to BLO, where she made her 2017 American debut, to sing the lead role in NORMA. Stanford Calderwood General & Artistic Director Esther Nelson marks her 10th programming season, which the company will commemorate throughout the year. (more...)
Norma is an opera by Vincenzo Bellini.
We are in the time of the Roman occupation by Gaul. Norma is a priestess of Gaul, but was also the lover of the consul Pollio, with whom he had two sons.
A young priestess Adalgisa, Norma tells of not being a virgin and asks Norma to dissolve the deal he made with the divinity. Norma is in the same situation, then accept the request. Then when he discovers that the man of Adalgisa is Pollio , Norma wants to kill himself but says he will convince Adalgisa to Pollio back to her...