Norma (Théâtre Antique d'Orange)

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Overview

Oroveso, a Druid High Priest, gathers his people in a sacred forest and prays to their gods for help in vanquishing the Romans who have taken over Gaul. Unbeknownst to Oroveso, his daughter, Norma, a High Priestess, has for some time been the lover of Pollione, the leader of the Romans; she has, in fact, not only broken her sacred vow of chastity but has borne two children to the warrior. Norma uses her position to dissuade the Gauls from attacking the Romans, claiming that the gods have told her that the time is...
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Overview

Oroveso, a Druid High Priest, gathers his people in a sacred forest and prays to their gods for help in vanquishing the Romans who have taken over Gaul. Unbeknownst to Oroveso, his daughter, Norma, a High Priestess, has for some time been the lover of Pollione, the leader of the Romans; she has, in fact, not only broken her sacred vow of chastity but has borne two children to the warrior. Norma uses her position to dissuade the Gauls from attacking the Romans, claiming that the gods have told her that the time is not favorable. Norma has also learned that Pollione has become interested in another woman, although her identity is unknown. That woman is Adalgisa, a young novice, who is unaware of the relationship between her new lover and Norma. When the truth is revealed, Adalgisa rejects Pollione, who still intends to take her back to Rome with him by force. The rejected Norma considers killing her own children, who may otherwise also be forced to go to Rome with their father. She cannot go through with this, and Adalgisa tries to intercede with Pollione on Norma's behalf, but to no avail. Furious, Norma tells the Gauls that the gods have told her that they now must strike against the enemy. Pollione is captured, and Norma offers to save his life if he will give up his new lover. When he refuses, Norma informs that Gauls that she has brought dishonor upon the temple and that it is she, not Pollione, that must be put to death. Moved by her sacrifice, Pollione chooses to die alongside her.
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Special Features

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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/11/2003
  • UPC: 089948422990
  • Original Release: 1974
  • Rating:

  • Source: Video Artists Int'l
  • Region Code: 0
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Mono
  • Sound: monaural
  • Language: Italiano
  • Time: 2:41:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 25,606

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Montserrat Caballé Norma
Agostino Ferrin
Giuseppe Patanè , Conductor
Josephine Veasey
Jon Vickers Pollione
Technical Credits
Pierre Jourdan Director
Sandro Sequi Director
Vincenzo Bellini Score Composer
Jaques Bougeois Art Director
Jean Darnel Art Director
Ernest Gilbert Executive Producer
Jean Pierre Lazar Cinematographer
Fiorella Mariani Costumes/Costume Designer
Jacques Pietri Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Production Credits [1:56]
2. Overture and Artist Credits [5:50]
3. Ite Sul Colle [8:49]
4. Svanir le Voci! [2:39]
5. Meco All'Altar di Venere [4:10]
6. Me Protegge, Me Difende [1:35]
7. Norma Viene [3:33]
8. Sediziose Voci [4:42]
9. Casta Diva [7:17]
10. Fine al Rito [1:29]
11. Ah! Bello A Me Ritorna [3:01]
12. Sgombra è la Sacra Selva [4:32]
13. Deh! Proteggimi, o Dio [1:49]
14. Eccola! Va, Mi Lascia [1:56]
15. Va, Crudele, al Dio Spietato [5:33]
16. Vieni in Roma [3:45]
17. Vanne, e Li Cela Entrambi! [4:15]
18. Adalgisa! - (Alma, Costanza!) [3:52]
19. O Rimembranza! [8:20]
20. Ma Dì: L'Amato Giovane [1:27]
21. Oh, Non Tremare, o Perfido [1:22]
22. Oh! Di Qual Sei Tu Vittima [4:00]
23. Perfido! [1:22]
24. Vanne, Si, Mi Lascia, Indegno [2:00]
25. Act I Curtain Calls [:57]
26. Dormono Entrambi [:00]
27. Mi Chiani, o Norma? [9:52]
28. Deh! Con Te, Li Prendi [2:15]
29. Mira, o Norma [3:46]
30. Si, Fino All'Ore Estreme [6:04]
31. Non Parti? [2:06]
32. Ei Tornerà [8:57]
33. Guerra, Guerra! [5:53]
34. In Mia Man [4:41]
35. Qual Cor Tradisti [10:39]
36. Deh! Non Volerli Vittime [7:41]
37. Final Curtain Calls and Closing Credits [5:20]
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Menu

Side #1 --
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Perfection

    There isn't other word to describe the voice and the work of (in my opinion) the best soprano of the 20th century: Montserrat Caballe. Here she sang the title role in this Bellini Opera to perfection, I can say that no one else I have heard in this role like Maria Callas or Joan Sutherland is close to this way of singing. Any person interested in learn how to sing, this video shows them how. You can barely believe that this is a live performance and in an ancient theatre out in an open space you can't believe what your ears told you when Montserrat Caballé sings. The legendary breath control, the amazing pianissimi, the swettness, the passion, the pain, the love, the anger, all the emotions portrayed on stage with the body and the voice. Definitly the best DVD in my collection.

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