Norma

 

Bellini Norma opera to libretto by Felice Romani. Directed at the Arena Sferisterio in 2016 by Luigi Di Gangi and Ugo Giacomazzi (with assistant Luca Mazzei) as part of the Macerata Opera Festival. Stars Rubens Pelizzari (Pollione), Nicola Ulivieri (Oroveso), Maria José Siri (Norma), Sonia Ganassi (Adalgisa), Rosanna Lo Greco (Clotilde), and Manuel Pierattelli (Flavio). Michele Gamba conducts the Fondazione Orchestra Regionale delle Marache, the Coro Lirico Marchigiana "Vincenzo Bellini" (Chorus Master Carlo Morganti), and the Complesso di palcoscenico Banda "Salvadei" (stage band). Set design by Federica Parolini (with assistant Eleonora De Leo); costume design by Daniela Cernigliaro (with assistant Agnese Rabatti); lighting design by Luigi Biondi.  Directed for TV by Tiziano Mancini. Released 2017, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

Hugo Shirley, writing in the March 2018 Gramophone, page 84, has only tepid praise for this production afflicted with "often rudimentary Personenregie" , "scrappy and thin orchestra playing", and irregular singing. But from the video clip below, one does see interesting designs and costumes that seem appropriate for the big outdoor stage at Macerata. And the big bleeding heart of Italian bel canto can carry the day even with modest resources.

Here's the official Dynamic trailer: