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Opera

Norma

Opera by Vincenzo Bellini (1801–1835). Libretto Felice Romani based on Alexandre Soumet’s drama.

The ultimate gem of bel canto opera.

  • When

  • Where

    Göteborg Opera, Main Stage

  • Genre

    Opera

  • Subtitles

    Yes

  • Price range

    150–675 kr

  • Accessibility

Postponed. New premiere date TBC.

”Takes your breath away” Dagens Nyheter. The ultimate gem of bel canto opera is Bellini’s Norma, a tragedy spun from sublime and sensual music, like the famous aria "Casta diva".

”Bel canto” means ”beautiful singing” in Italian, and the term has given its name to an entire operatic style. The ultimate gem of bel canto opera is Bellini’s Norma, a tragedy spun from sublime and sensual music, like the famous aria Casta diva.

The protagonist of the drama is a powerful woman. Norma is a high priestess who leads a double life, torn between her public, religious duties and a private life fraught with family secrets and forbidden passion.

The title role requires gripping stagecraft, immaculate technical skill and a voice capable of being heavy and light at the same time. Swedish court-singer Katarina Karnéus won the Svenska Dagbladet Opera Prize in 2018.

In this revival production, Norma’s rival, the young Adalgisa, is sung by soprano Mia Karlsson. The fickle and deceitful Roman Pollione, whom both women love, is sung by tenor Tomas Lind. The opera also offers up some exceptional chorus numbers. On the podium is Greek conductor Myron Michailidis, former artistic director and chief conductor of the Greek National Opera. The spectacular staging is originally from the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris.

Trailer

Recorded in 2017

The Göteborg Opera Chorus

The Göteborg Opera Orchestra

“A fabulous Norma that packs a timeless punch”

Svenska Dagbladet

“Takes one’s breath away”

Dagens Nyheter

Photos from the performance

In photo:  Katarina Karnéus|Photographer:  Mats Bäcker

Introductions

One hour prior to each opera on the Main Stage, we present an introduction to the evening’s performance in Swedish. They last around 20 minutes and are held on the Small Stage.

Admission is free, limited seating.

Please note: introductions are presented in Swedish, and there is no introduction before the premiere performance.

Learn more about our introductions, panel discussions and open rehearsals here