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100180 - BELLINI: Norma (Sydney Opera House, 1978) (PAL)

Vincenzo Bellini: Norma

An Opera in two Acts, Libretto by Felice Romani, Conductor Richard Bonynge,
The Opera Australia Chorus and The Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra, Live Recording at the Sydney Opera House 1978, Sound and Vision Restoration 1991
Cast: Joan Sutherland, Margreta Elkins, Roland Stevens, Clifford Grant Stage Director Sandro Sequi

Running Time : 151 min
Recording Date: 1991
Menu languages: D,GB,F,SP
Subtitle languages: D, F, GB, I
Picture Format: 4:3
Sound Format: PCM Stereo
Region Code: 0
Sel. No. 100 180 PAL

Bellini's Norma contains one of the most impressive and also most difficult soprano roles in the whole repertoire of opera. Few sopranos can do justice to it. The first of those who have must surely be Maria Callas, considered the outstanding interpreter of the title part. The role, along with Bellini's opera, was interpreted in a revolutionary fashion by Joan Sutherland (born in Sydney 1926). She is the protagonist in the present recording made at the Sydney Opera House in August 1978. "La Stupenda", as Joan Sutherland was known in musical circles, ended her international career in 1990. The celebrated production by Sandro Sequi, with Fiorella Mariani's lavish decor and costumes, concentrates entirely on the human destiny of a woman on the edge of her existence. He intelligently brings forth the priestess' emotional world, hence showing the many facets of Norma's character. The whole drama of events on the stage is reflected in the orchestra pit, and musical director Richard Bonynge demonstrates once again his competence for great musical theatre.

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