Torn between love and loyalty to her people, what will she sacrifice?
A close-knit community’s way of life is threatened by unstoppable change. The people want war. Their priestess Norma, secretly in love with one of the enemy, resists. But now he has a new love. And in the face of his betrayal, it seems Norma is prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice.
Award-winning director Christopher Alden returns to ENO for our first-ever production of Bellini’s masterpiece. Celebrated for its finely shaped melodies and exquisite arias, Norma is full of ravishing music.
This critically acclaimed production sets the action in a rural community in the mid-19th century. Rising star soprano Marjorie Owens sings the demanding title role, alongside Peter Auty as the love-rat Pollione who cheats on her. Bel canto specialist Stephen Lord conducts.