Norma is the tragic tale of a conflict between love and duty. Norma is a Druid priestess in ancient Gaul, which is being occupied by Roman invaders. Norma falls in love with, and bears two children to, the Roman leader Pollione, thereby betraying her own people and breaking her sacred vows. When Norma finds out Pollione is having an affair with another priestess, it pushes her over the edge with deadly consequences.
The role of Norma has long been considered one of the most grueling and challenging in all of opera. We are thrilled to present star soprano Leah Crocetto, who captivated Pittsburgh audiences as Tosca in 2017, in the role of Norma.
See why Norma is Bellini’s ultimate masterpiece, and why this story of forbidden love has been called ‘opera at its very best.’
Music Director Antony Walker conducts. Crystal Manich directs.