17, 19, 21, 24th September, 2019.
Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne.
2hr 30m, one 20 minute interval.
Composer: Vincenzo Bellini
Conductor: Greg Hocking, Raymond Lawrence.
Director: Suzanne Chaundy
Starring: Helena Dix, Samuel Sakker,
Following its triumphant production of Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, Melbourne Opera proudly presented Bellini’s Norma, starring Helena Dix (who has just made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera starring as Alice in Falstaff) as Norma, Jacqui Dark as Adalgisa, Samuel Sakker as Pollione, and Eddie Muliaumaseali’i as Oroveso.
Norma is regarded as the pinnacle of bel-canto opera; the title role is considered to be the most challenging of soprano roles and was championed by Callas, Sutherland and Caballe. This new production of Norma continues Melbourne Opera’s proud tradition of acclaimed bel canto productions which included Australian premieres of Rossini’s Otello and Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux and Anna Bolena.
Read Director Suzanne Chaundy’s notes and observations on Norma for a hint of what to expect once the curtains open.
Production Sponsor: Dr Alastair Jackson AM.