La Fura resurrects the opera ‘Norma’ at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens

Published 03/06/2019

Norma, an opera by Vincenzo Bellini absolutely associated with Greece in multiple ways, will be performed at the Greek National Opera. It is one of the first operas to have been successfully presented in the capital of the newly formed state, already in 1837. The love triangle between the perjured High Priestess of the Druids, her young colleague and the Roman proconsul will be brought back to life by Carlus Padrissa. The demanding role of the title will be performed by the renowned Italian soprano Carmen Giannattasio, who recently performed it at the Bavarian State Opera (Munich). In the second cast, the American soprano Marjorie Owens, who has already interpreted the role at the English National Opera. It will be premiered next Wednesday 5th of June, but it will be performed on June 7, 9 and 11. Tickets can already be purchased through this link.

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The second transfer of the lyric tragedy Norma, the child murderess by La Fura dels Baus will revolve around a ritual which will however not include any cross. The source of inspiration will be Nietzsche’s work The birth of tragedy through the spirit of music, perceived from a pro-Christian point of view: a prehistoric myth full of symbolisms. A genealogical tree which breaks, an altar, a Rock and a ritual brew. Air, fire, earth, wars, betrayals, bravery, unsubdued feelings and sensuality.

Therefore, La Fura’s intention is to create an honest exercise aiming at matching the genuine alchemy of the time with the darker aspect of the druids. In one respect, all of us are child murderers in modern society: we leave our children a non-sustainable world. It’s exactly for this reason that we will use recycled waste from the Mediterranean to develop a part of the set and the meagre costumes for the performance. Long-drawn, tragic melodies, with intense flourishes giving rise to intense emotions. Among the unforgettable moments of this opera counts the ‘Casta Diva’ aria, perhaps the most popular soprano aria in the history of music.

The performance will be held at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, an impressive space, with the audience sitting right across the stage, creating thus an impressive composition. The audience is separated by three key-points: the ring encompassing the orchestra, the ring dividing the audience in two parts, and one more which will shine on the audience with a solar photocell, like the Sun God with his halo.