Libretto by Felice Romani, based on the tragedy Norma, ou L’infanticide
by Alexandre Soumet
The opera was written in 1831. This version will first performed in Perm in 2022
Performed in Italian with Russian surtitles
, an opera depicting the sacrificial power of love, is regarded as the quintessence of musical romanticism. “Among all Bellini’s creations, Norma
is the richest in the profoundly realistic way in which true melody is united with intimate passion”, said Richard Wagner, inspired by Norma
while composing Tristan und Isolde
. The stunningly contrasting and emotional duets, priests’ and warriors’ choruses make this opera an unquestionable masterpiece. But the most remarkable is the famous Norma’s cavatina (“Casta diva”), an excellent example of the bel canto style, a long-standing symbol of Italian opera which only a few sopranos can master.
Despite the resounding success of Norma
all over the world, it will be presented in Perm for the first time. For Migran Agadzhanyan
, the theatre’s new Principal Conductor, Norma
will become his conducting and music directing debut at the Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre.
The young choreographer Maxim Petrov
, who has worked with the Bolshoi Theatre and the Mariinsky Theatre, will be the stage director. With set designer Alyona Pikalova
, he has been nominated for Renard. Mavra. The Fairy’s Kiss
for the “Golden Mask” 2022 National Theatre Award (category: Best Balletmaster-Choreographer; Alyona Pikalova’s category: Best Designer in Musical Theatre). Norma
will be Maxim Petrov’s first work in opera as stage director.
The production will be curated by Arkady Ippolitov
, a senior researcher at the State Hermitage and one of the world’s leading experts in Italian art of the 15-17th centuries.
Musical Director and Conductor: Migran Agadzhanyan
Curator: Arkady Ippolitov
Stage Director: Maxim Petrov
Set Designer: Alyona Pikalova
Costume Designer: Irena Belousova
Lighting Designer: Konstantin Binkin