Number of Discs:
DTS Surround; LPCM Stereo
EN, FR, DE, ES, IT, NL
Hasmik Papian (Norma); Hugh Smith (Pollione); Irini Tsirakidis (Adalgisa); Giorgio Giuseppini (Oroveso);
Netherlands Chamber Orchestra; Julian Reynolds
Stage Director(s): Guy Joosten
In Guy Joostens ingenious production of Bellinis masterpiece, Norma is about more than just beautiful singing. It becomes a layered, timeless drama in which Norma is the archetypal successful woman struggling to retain her dominant but vulnerable position. Hasmik Papians lyrical and intense interpretation of the title role accentuates the striking similarity between a Druid high priestess and a modern opera diva. Conductor Julian Reynolds guides the brilliant cast, choir and Netherlands Chamber Orchestra to great heights, providing a refreshing new take on the chef doeuvre of bel canto.
"Norma. Diva. Callas. Three keywords that are the core of Joostens staging. A diva in a Callas costume who, as Norma, loses her way in the labyrinths of the opera world and who can no longer distinguish between the drama on stage and reality. Joostens stage interpretation offers interesting contemplations on opera business and on the role and character of a star soprano in a typical Callas situation...The story starts as an opera in an opera, but gradually the boundaries between theatre and reality become more and more ambivalent great class!" (Trouw)
"Armenian soprano Hasmik Papian...portrays her Norma confidently, with lyrical and passionate passages, flexible and temperamental..." (NRC Handelsblad)
"Conductor Julian Reynolds...extensively studied Bellinis score in manuscript and introduces lots of surprising details." (De Telegraaf)
Illustrated Synopsis and Cast gallery. Introduction, including interviews with principal members of the cast and the artistic team.