A triangle of forbidden love unfolds against the backdrop of war between the Gauls and the Romans. Norma, the Druid Priestess, has betrayed her vows of chastity in liaison with the conquering Roman governor, who is now entangled in an affair with a younger priestess. Unable to protect her people against the Romans and humiliated by her own actions, Norma throws herself into the flames of the sacrificial pyre.
The overwhelming passions of three intense characters inspired Vincenzo Bellini’s tragic masterpiece, featuring some of the most ravishing and dramatic music ever composed.
◊ Norma’s “Casta diva”
◊ the Druids’ War Chorus
◊ Norma – Adalgisa duets
Performed in Italian with projected English translations.
Meet the Director!
ELIZABETH BACHMAN (Stage Director)
Stage director ELIZABETH BACHMAN consistently receives critical praise for her innovative operatic productions. The Washington Post described her Baltimore Opera production of L’assedio di Corinto as “simply terrific,” and went on to say, “Elizabeth Bachman’s staging made this essentially static opera visually interesting.” Opera News wrote of her production of Les Contes d’Hoffmann with Madison Opera, “Director Elizabeth Bachman kept the action crisp and clean, delineated her characters clearly, and offered a variety of charming touches.”
In over 50 operas around the world, Ms. Bachman has directed such artists as Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Kathleen Battle and Roberto Alagna including Aida at the Metropolitan Opera with Pavarotti, L’assedio di Corinto, Maria Stuarda and La bohème with Baltimore Opera, Manon Lescaut with New Orleans Opera, Suor Angelica /Cavalleria Rusticana with Orlando Opera, a new production of Dialogues of the Carmelites for Carnegie Mellon University, and her debut at Teatro Argentino (La Plata, Argentina) with Turandot. In addition, she has directed L’elisir d’amore and La traviata for the Metropolitan Opera; new productions of Candide at Lake George Opera and Madison Opera; Un ballo in maschera for Arizona Opera; and multiple productions of Madama Butterfly, Le nozze di Figaro and Carmen. Ms Bachman’s diverse repertoire includes Faust (starring Samuel Ramey) in Pittsburgh, Houston, Charlotte and Dallas; Il tabarro / Gianni Schicchi (starring Sherrill Milnes) with Connecticut Grand Opera; and Don Pasquale with Lake George Opera and Carmen, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Rigoletto and Candide at Madison Opera.
Elizabeth Bachman is the Artistic Director of the Tyrolean Opera Program, a summer opera training program in the Austrian Alps. Other international credits include directing in Tokyo for the Metropolitan Opera tour (L’elisir d’amore). Outside the opera world, Ms. Bachman teaches presentation skills to speakers, authors and business professionals.
Meet the Cast!
Birthplace: Worcester, Massachusetts
Foreign Opera Company: Opera Lirica (Orvieto)
Foreign Festival: Seoul International Music Festival
U.S. Opera Companies: Utah Festival Opera, Baltimore Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Sacramento Opera, Opera Tampa, Opera San José, Opera Idaho, Ash Lawn Opera, Opera Providence, Maine Grand Opera, Opera Company of Middlebury, Rockland Opera, Cape Cod Opera, St. Petersburg Opera, Longwood Opera, New England Light Opera
U.S. Orchestras & Festivals: Tanglewood Festival, Hartford Symphony, Santa Cruz Symphony, Wilmington Symphony, Cambridge Symphony, Sugar Creek Symphony, Pioneer Valley Symphony, Music by the Lake
Birthplace: Lakewood, Washington
Foreign Orchestra: Concertbebouw (Amsterdam)
U.S. Opera Companies: Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Glimmerglass Opera, Opera North
U.S. Orchestras & Festivals: Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, Grant Park Music Festival, Santa Fe Symphony, Opera Orchestra of New York
Birthplace: Kingdom of Tonga
Foreign Opera Company: Theater Heidelberg
Foreign Orchestra: Danish Radio Concert Orchestra
U.S. Opera Companies: San Francisco Opera, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Baltimore Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Lyric Opera of Baltimore, Chautauqua Opera, Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia, Opera in the Heights, Espresso Opera, Regina Opera, Opera of the Hamptons
U.S. Orchestras & Festivals: Tanglewood Festival, Albany Symphony, Alexandria Festival, Staten Island Philharmonic, Skytop Music Festival
Birthplace: Washington, D.C.
Foreign Opera Companies: Hannover Oper, Theater Kiel, Teatro Nacional Sucre (Ecuador), Wexford Opera (Ireland)
Foreign Orchestras and Festivals: Verona Teatro Filarmonico, Munich Biennale Modern Music Festival
U.S. Opera Companies: New York City Opera, Knoxville Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Shreveport Opera, Ash Lawn Opera, Augusta Opera, Opera South
U.S. Orchestras and Festivals: American Symphony, Aspen Music Festival, Montgomery Philharmonic, Sacramento Choral Society Orchestra, Idaho State Civic Symphony, Music in the Mountains Summerfest
Birthplace: Knoxville, Tennessee
U.S. Opera Companies: University of Tennessee Opera Theatre, Merola Opera
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas
U.S. Opera Companies: Fort Worth Opera, Amarillo Opera, Opera North, University of North Texas Opera Theatre, University of Texas at Arlington Opera Theatre, Texas Christian University Opera Theatre
U.S. Orchestras & Festivals: Fort Worth Symphony, Baton Rouge Symphony, University of Northern Texas Symphony, Texas Christian University Symphony, Natchez Music Festival