Israel Opera to open new season

November 19, 2016 20:02

ISRAEL OPERA’S production of Bellini’s ‘Norma.’. (photo credit: Courtesy)

The Israel Opera opens its season with the mesmerizing bel canto tragedy Norma by Vincenzo Bellini.

Celebrated for its finely shaped melodies and exquisite arias, Norma is set during the Roman occupation of Gaul in 50 BCE, and tells the tale of a passionate love triangle in the midst of a deepening culture clash that has dangerous consequences. A Druid high priestess, Norma, is in the throes of despair after learning her lover Pollione, a Roman proconsul with whom she has two children, has been unfaithful.

The Israel Opera’s artistic director, Daniel Oren, will conduct a cast of international stars including Italian soprano Piscitelli Maria Pia (alternating in the role of Norma) and Argentinian tenor Gustavo Porta, who will be performing the role of Pollione. Sung in Italian with English and Hebrew surtitles.

"Norma" runs from November 30 to December 17. For tickets visit or (03) 692-777.

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