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Bellini: Norma / James Levine, Beverly Sills, Shirley Verrett, Enrico Di Giuseppe, Paul Plishka, Et Al

Release Date: 07/21/2009 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 001314402   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Enrico Di GiuseppeBeverly SillsShirley VerrettPaul Plishka
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia OrchestraJohn Alldis Choir
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 38 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is truly a rare treasure from the archives. Norma is perhaps the greatest, most dramatic bel canto opera and Bevely Sills was undoubtedly one of the most profoundly affecting and vocally gifted singers of her era. For the firsttime ever, her 1973 studio recording of this touchstone opera is now available on CD.

Sills unleashes her imposing vocal talents and formidable skills as a singing actress in this role which requires not only forceful delivery but also silky, smooth lines and immaculate technique.

Sills is joined by Shirely Verrett as Adalgisa, and their grand duets are surely the highlight of this recording. A young James Levine leads this fiery performance and goes “all-out for intensity and
Read more excitement” (The Metropolitan Opera Guide).

“A first-class dramatic portrayal”—Opera News (1974)
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Works on This Recording

Norma by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Enrico Di Giuseppe (Tenor), Beverly Sills (Soprano), Shirley Verrett (Mezzo Soprano),
Paul Plishka (Bass)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  John Alldis Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1973 

Featured Sound Samples

Norma: Act II: "Mira, o Norma"
Act II: "Già mi pasco ne' tuoi sguardi"

Sound Samples

Norma: Sinfonia
Norma / Act 1: Introduzione: Ite sul colle, o Druidi
Norma / Act 1: Svanir le voci!
Norma / Act 1: Meco all'altar di Venere
Norma / Act 1: Me protegge, me difende
Norma / Act 1: Norma viene
Norma / Act 1: Sediziose voci, voci di guerra
Norma / Act 1: Casta Diva
Norma / Act 1: Fine al rito
Norma / Act 1: Ah! bello a me ritorna
Norma / Act 1: Sgombra è la sacra selva, compuito il rito
Norma / Act 1: Deh! proteggimi, o Dio!
Norma / Act 1: Eccola! va, mi lascia, ragion non odo
Norma / Act 1: Va, crudele, al Dio spietato
Norma / Act 1: Vanne, e li cela entrambi
Norma / Act 1: Adalgisa!
Norma / Act 1: Oh! rimembranza!
Norma / Act 1: Ah! si, fa core, abbracciami
Norma / Act 1: Ma di', l'amato quale fra noi si noma?
Norma / Act 1: Oh non tremare
Norma / Act 1: Oh! di qual sei tu vittima
Norma / Act 1: Perfido!
Norma / Act 1: Vanne, si: mi lascia, indegno
Norma / Act 2: Scena - Introduzione
Norma / Act 2: Dormono entrambi
Norma / Act 2: Mi chiami, o Norma!
Norma / Act 2: Deh! con te, con te li prendi
Norma / Act 2: Mira, o Norma
Norma / Act 2: Si, fino all'ore estreme
Norma / Act 2: Non parti?
Norma / Act 2: Guerrieri! a voi venirne
Norma / Act 2: Ah! Del Tebro al giogo indegno
Norma / Act 2: Ei tornerà
Norma / Act 2: Squilla il bronzo del Dio!
Norma / Act 2: Guerra, guerra!
Norma / Act 2: Nè compi il rito, o Norma?
Norma / Act 2: In mia man alfin tu sei
Norma / Act 2: Già mi pasco ne'tuoi sguardi
Norma / Act 2: Dammi quel ferro
Norma / Act 2: Qual cor tradisti, qual cor perdesti
Norma / Act 2: Norma! deh! Norma, scolpati
Norma / Act 2: Deh! non volerli vittime

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