When we think of the term bel canto (beautiful singing) and the entire style of opera associated with it, we, of necessity, think of Norma, that pinnacle of the bel canto style, that quintessential opera against which all others in the genre are tested. But what makes it that special? It could be that there are gorgeous melodies one right after the other throughout the piece. It might be that it achieves a level of dramatic intensity which it sustains brilliantly throughout its entire length. It is possible that it is the unbelievable element of ensemble that the work maintains, or its colorful orchestration, or the sheer beauty of its tight-rope-walking arias, or the emotional involvement of the characters, and not just the principals, but all the characters and the chorus, as well. We don’t really know...


You decide.


Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 7:00

Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 7:00

Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 7:00

Sunday, June 15, 2014 at 7:00



25 Orchard Street • Middletown, New York


Opera in three acts, by Vincenzo Bellini

Libretto by Felice Romani

Based on an old French story

First produced: December 26, 1831, La Scala, Milan.

Production design by Renato Cesarino

Costumes by C. Clara George

Directed and Conducted by Ron De Fesi



NORMA, High-priestess of the Druids, Robin Rubendunst, soprano

ADALGISA, a virgin of the Druid temple, Korin Kormick, soprano

POLLIONE, Roman Pro-consul in Gaul, Argun Tekant, tenor

OROVESO, Archdruid, father of Norma, Alan Andrews, bass

CLOTILDE, Norma’s confidante, Natassia Velez, soprano

FLAVIO, a centurion, Sam Savage, tenor



Norma: Eileen Mackintosh

Adalgisa: Patrice P. Eaton

Pollione: Justin Randolph


Admission $35


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