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Opera North - Norma

Opens: 28/01/2012 Closes: 10/03/2012 UK tour
Christopher Alden's new adaptation of Bellini's classic opera is brimming with passion and imaginative poetic license in its treatment of the original. Annemarie Kremer tackles the challenging role of Norma, a Druid priestess who leads her people to revolution after being betrayed by her lover. Bring your tissues. For more information visit: http://www.operanorth.co.uk/productions/norma Buy: http://www.operanorth.co.uk/productions/norma
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Financial Times“A taut dramatic focus...” Kremer is by no means the ideal Norma. Her voice is not classically pure, but she sounds vibrant and intense, and commands enough technical security to handle the graceful, high-lying lines in which Bellinian opera specialises...
 
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Opera Britannia“A bit uninspiring...” Musically, the Opera North performance of Norma was an unexpected triumph. The production however, was unremittingly awful – a trite, shallow interpretation of a magnificent text, rendered all but empty of meaning...
 
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Whatsonstage.com“A problematic opera...” Though Annemarie Kremer makes a highly impressive company debut in the title role and chorus and orchestra respond splendidly to Oliver von Dohnanyi’s conducting, Opera North’s Norma is a difficult production to like...
 
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The Telegraph“It certainly packs a punch...” The staging is always alive, energised and absorbing. The way in which the community seems to lose faith in itself after Norma’s revelation makes for a powerful climax...
 
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The Stage“A consistently exciting interpretation...” The specifics of the situation are unclear, but the look of the show is impressive. So is its dramatic thrust...
 
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The Independent“At once touching and brilliant...” Mostly it is the psychology of the central trio which is the focus, and the production and all the individual performances have a coherence and intensity which marks this Norma out as one of the company's real triumphs...
 
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Guardian“Complex, constantly shifting emotional layout...” Scene after scene pierces to the core of the drama, and there are moments when the evening touches greatness...
 
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