Norma by Bellini at the London Coliseum
Award-winning director Christopher Alden returns to ENO for their first-ever production of Bellini’s masterpiece. Celebrated for its finely shaped melodies and exquisite arias, Norma is full of ravishing music. Set in a rural community in the mid-19th century, this critically acclaimed production stars soprano Marjorie Owens in the demanding title role, alongside Peter Auty as the love-rat Pollione who cheats on her, with bel canto specialist Stephen Lord conducting.
Norma plays a limited season from 17 February 2016 until 11 March 2016 at the London Coliseum.
A close-knit community’s way of life is threatened by unstoppable change. The people want war. Their priestess Norma, secretly in love with one of the enemy, resists. But now he has a new love. And in the face of his betrayal, it seems Norma is prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice.
The cast includes Marjorie Owens (Norma), Jennifer Holloway (Adalgisa), Peter Auty (Pollione), James Creswell (Oroveso), Valerie Reid (Clotilde) and Adrian Dwyer (Flavio).
Directed by Christopher Alden, Norma is conducted by Stephen Lord with set design by Charles Edwards, costume design by Sue Willmington, lighting design by Adam Silverman and translation by George Hall.
★★★★ ‘Marjorie Owens gives a stunning performance’ Time Out
‘Musically a first-class show’ The Guardian
‘A powerful climax” The Evening Standard
Running time: 3hrs Language: Sung in English, with surtitles projected above the stage
Venue InformationLondon Coliseum, St. Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES
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