Opera Cheat Sheet

Opera Cheat Sheet: Norma

Our quick, light-hearted intro to Bellini’s famed bel canto masterpiece, Saturday’s noon opera broadcast.

In this Opera Cheat Sheet, Houston Public Media’s Arts & Culture Director St.John Flynn and Eric Skelly of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra discuss Vincenzo Bellini’s 1831 “lyric tragedy” Norma.

Scene from Act II of Norma where Norma wields the sacrificial dagger
Norma at the Lyric Opera of Chicago
Set in Gaul in the first century B.C., Norma tells a story of love, religion, fidelity and concealment as the Druids strive to fight off the invading Romans.


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