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Norma, 2016, Tim Flach

Award-winning director Christopher Alden returned to ENO in 2016 for our first-ever production of Bellini’s indisputable bel canto masterpiece. Norma explores the life of an enclosed community desperate to protect its beliefs in the face of unstoppable change. At the heart of this emotional rollercoaster lies the impossible love between Norma and Pollione, the father of her children and the outsider who is destroying her community’s way of life. When he betrays her love, she urges her people to rise up and fight for their freedom. Full of ravishing music, including the famous ‘Casta diva’ aria, this production was conducted by Bel canto specialist Stephen Lord.