Wiener Konzerthaus

Norma

Interior view of the Theater an der Wien, in the background the stage with the iron curtain, to the side the artistically designed boxes and in the foreground the seating in the stalls
@ WienTourismus / Paul Bauer
Interior view of the Theater an der Wien, in the background the stage with the iron curtain, to the side the artistically designed boxes and in the foreground the seating in the stalls

Melodramma in two acts
Music by Vincenzo Bellini
Libretto by Felice Romani
In Italian with German and English surtitles

Premiere: February 16, 2025

Conductor: Francesco Lanzillotta
Director: Vasily Barkhatov

Wiener Symphoniker
Arnold Schoenberg Choir
Conductor: Erwin Ortner

Norma is a woman caught between two systems. On the one hand she is a chaste druid priestess in an occupied land and as such decides between war and peace; on the other she is the secret lover of the Roman general Pollione, and even has two children with him. But when Pollione reveals that he intends to leave her for a younger priestess, Adalgisa, and return to Rome, her double life is in danger of discovery. The unbearable conflict between love and a thirst for vengeance, between religion and rationality, and between her own traditions and an empire almost drives Norma to murder her own children – before she decides to take another, scarcely less radical step. Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma, written in 1824, is his best-known opera and a masterpiece of Italian Romanticism. In Norma, Bellini created a character who goes through every human condition imaginable in a short space of time, and he expresses them using musical techniques ranging from bel canto to screams. Director Vasily Barkhatov, whose most recent production at the MusikTheater an der Wien was Weinberg’s Der Idiot, interprets the tragedy against the background of a change of political system. In the opera, Norma is a priestess of the moon goddess and is caught between the millstones of ideological turmoil which sees old idols being replaced by new ones. The title role will be played by one of today’s most celebrated singers, Asmik Grigorian, who takes on the role for the first time.

Venue

Theater an der Wien

Linke Wienzeile 6
1060 Wien

Current Dates

  • Sun. 16 Feb 2025, 7 p.m.
  • Wed. 19 Feb 2025, 7 p.m.
  • Sun. 23 Feb 2025, 7 p.m.
  • Wed. 26 Feb 2025, 7 p.m.
  • Sat. 01 Mar 2025, 7 p.m.
  • Tue. 04 Mar 2025, 7 p.m.
  • Fri. 07 Mar 2025, 7 p.m.