It has been about 10 years since the last time the Canadian Opera Company played this production. Why? Because it is one of the most challenging operas for singers, especially the role of Norma.
To be able to perform Norma, the soprano needs the greatest vocal control of her range, flexibility, emotions, and dynamics to present the conflicts of Norma’s life. Norma is the Druid high-priestess, yet betrays her religion and followers to have a love affair with the leader of the Romans, her enemy. She is also a mother of two kids. When she realizes that her lover is in love with another priestess who is her assistant, the jealousy, anger, and shame hit her all at once.
Norma needs absolute control to sing the famous aria Casta Diva and act at the same time, making the role even more challenging.
COC co-produced this opera with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. Click here to book your tickets because it is one-every-ten-year show with such a strong cast.