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Bellini: Norma / Gui, Cigna, Stignani, Breviario, Et Al


Release Date: 09/12/2000 
Label:  Opera D'oro   Catalog #: 9004   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Emilio RenziEbe StignaniGina CignaTancredi Pasero,   ... 
Conductor:  Vittorio Gui
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra TurinItalian Radio Chorus Turin
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 2 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Vincenzo Bellini's 'Norma' is a paragon of bel canto opera, a beautiful, lyrical work that is a potential tour de force for the right soprano. The role of the betrayed Druid high priestess is notoriously demanding and challenging, requiring a singer with a dramatic voice, virtuosity, and the capability to express a wide range of emotions. Gina Cigna, in a 1937 recording with Vittorio Gui and the RAI Symphony Orchestra, offers a sinewy portrayal of the title character, and while her voice might not be characterized as beautiful in the traditional sense, her interpretation carries an emotional intensity and dramatic edge that is appropriate for the role. But the real treat here is Ebe Stignani's performance as Adalgisa. The role is important Read more to the success of the opera and the scenes with Norma are pivotal. Stignani matches Cigna's intensity in their duets and displays passion, strength, and vocal agility. She sings in a clear, powerful voice throughout, delivering a compelling portrayal of the "other woman." Both singers, along with Giovanni Brevario, Tancredi Pasero, Adriana Perris, and Emilio Renzi, are aided by Gui and the orchestra who demonstrate an idiomatic understanding of this masterwork. Read less

Works on This Recording

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Norma by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Emilio Renzi (Tenor), Ebe Stignani (Mezzo Soprano), Gina Cigna (Soprano),
Tancredi Pasero (Bass), Giovanni Breviario (Tenor), Adriana Perris (Soprano)
Conductor:  Vittorio Gui
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin,  Italian Radio Chorus Turin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1937 
Venue:  Turin, Italy 
Length: 137 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

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