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BELLINI, V.: Norma (DNO, 2005) (NTSC)




BELLINI, V.: Norma (DNO, 2005) (NTSC)

Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835)

Hasmik Papian, Hugh Smith, Irini Tsirakidis,
Giorgio Giuseppini, Anna Steiger, Carlo Bosi

Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
Chorus of De Nederlandse Opera
Julian Reynolds
, conductor
Guy Joosten, stage director

Picture format: NTSC 16:9 Anamorphic
Sound format: DTS Surround / LPCM Stereo
Region code: 0 (All Regions)
Languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch
Running time: 187 minutes
No. of DVDs: 2

  • In Guy Joosten's ingenious production of Bellini's 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 Papian's 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 d'oeuvre of bel canto.

"Norma. Diva. Callas. Three keywords that are the core of Joosten's 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. Joosten's 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 Bellini's score in manuscript and introduces lots of surprising details." De Telegraaf

Bellini, Vincenzo

Romani, Felice

Reynolds, Julian

Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

Netherlands Opera Chorus

Bosi, Carlo; Giuseppini, Giorgio; Papian, Hasmik; Smith, Hugh; Steiger, Anna; Tsirakidis, Irini

Label: Opus Arte

Genre: Opera

Period: Classical

Catalogue No: OA0959D

Barcode: 809478009597

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Release Date: 09/2006

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