Opera - by Giuseppe Verdi - State Opera

< Aleš Briscein, Jana Horáková Levicová

In the first half of the 19th century, the most important aspect in opera productions was deemed beautiful singing, “bel canto”, vocal mastery combining paramount technique and emotive performance, with the legendary prima donnas’ artistry of the time serving as an endless source of inspiration.

< Marie Fajtová, Sylva Čmugrová

The inception of Norma, the best-known opera by the Italian composer Vincenzo Bellini (1801–1835), was instigated by the phenomenal Italian soprano Giuditta Pasta (1797–1865), who, following numerous international triumphs, was scheduled to appear at La Scala and for her

Marie Fajtová, Jana Horáková Levicová

Milan debut wished a new opera by Bellini. The librettist Felice Romani reached for an older text of his, based on Alexandre Soumet’s tragedy Norma, ou L’infanticide. The story is set in the time of the Roman occupation of Gaul and the main plot is the secret marriage of Norma, the High Priestess of the Druids, and Pollione, the Roman proconsul in Gaul.

Marie Fajtová

The immense success of the premiere at La Scala, on 26 December 1831, was also down to Giuditta Pasta, who had initially turned down the part of Norma owing to its being extremely challenging.

State Opera Choir

The opera was only staged in Prague in 1835, when it was sung in Italian at the Estates Theatre. The National Theatre first took over a production from the Provisional Theatre and performed it on 5 October 1884 in Václav Alois Svoboda’s Czech translation.

Aleš Briscein, Marie Fajtová

Bellini’s Norma has not been staged in the building housing today’s State Opera for some 110 years. The new State Opera production will be created by the Japanese opera director Tomo Sugao in tandem with the outstanding Slovak designer Boris Kudlička.

Marie Fajtová

Stage director: Tomo Sugao
Sets: Boris Kudlička

Václav Cikánek, Aleš Briscein

Libretto: Felice Romani
Conductor: Enrico Dovico

Jana Horáková Levicová, Jiří Sulženko, State Opera Chorus

Costumes: Alexandra Grusková

Marie Fajtová

Marie Fajtová, Sylva Čmugrová

Light-design: Wolfgang Goebbel

State Opera Choir, Jiří Sulženko

Chorus master: Adolf Melichar
Dramaturgy: Jitka Slavíková

Aleš Briscein

Aleš Briscein, Marie Fajtová

Video: Stanislaw Zaleski
Motion cooperation: Petr Jirsa

State Opera Chorus, Aleš Briscein, Marie Fajtová

State Opera Choir, Aleš Briscein, Marie Fajtová

Scene from the performance, Marie Fajtová, Aleš Briscein

State Opera Choir, Marie Fajtová

The inception of Norma, the best-known opera by the Italian composer Vincenzo Bellini (1801–1835), was instigated by the phenomenal Italian soprano Giuditta Pasta (1797–1865)
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Libretto: Felice Romani
Conductor: Enrico Dovico
Stage director: Tomo Sugao
Sets: Boris Kudlička
Costumes: Alexandra Grusková
Chorus master: Adolf Melichar
Dramaturgy: Jitka Slavíková
Light-design: Wolfgang Goebbel
Video: Stanislaw Zaleski
Motion cooperation: Petr Jirsa

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