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The Sunday Opera: Bellini's "Norma" from the Hamburg State Opera

The scene is ancient Gaul for this week’s Sunday Opera (11/15 3:00 p.m.) and the tragic love story of a Druid Priestess and her Roman consul lover in Vincenzo Bellini’s “Norma” from the Hamburg State Opera.  Marina Rebeka is the priestess Norma who breaks her vow of celibacy and has two children with the Roman invader, Pollione (Marcelo Puente), and after Pollione turns from Norma to the young priestess Adalgisa (Diana Haller), Norma confesses to her father Oroveso (Liang Li) and seals her fate.  

Matteo Beltrami conducts the Hamburg State Philharmonic and Chorus.  We’ll stay in the ancient world after the opera with Paul McCartney’s second classical work, “Standing Stone,” which takes an allegorical look at an early Celt dubbed “First Person Sigular” as he tries to make sense of the mysteries of life and existence.   “Standing Stone” is performed by the London Symphony Orchestra with Lawrence Fischer conducting.

Michael is program host and host of the WWFM Sunday Opera, Sundays at 3 pm, and co-host of The Dress Circle, Sundays at 7 pm.