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...
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
THE UNITED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF MIDDLETOWN
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
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
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