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Bellini: Norma / James Levine, Beverly Sills, Shirley Verrett, Enrico Di Giuseppe, Paul Plishka, et al

Album Summary

>Bellini, Vincenzo : Norma, opera
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This is truly a rare treasure from the archives. Norma is perhaps the greatest, most dramatic bel canto opera and Bevely Sills was undoubtedly one of the most profoundly affecting and vocally gifted singers of her era. For the first time ever, her 1973 studio recording of this touchstone opera is now available on CD. Sills unleashes her imposing vocal talents and formidable skills as a singing actress in this role which requires not only forceful delivery but also silky, smooth lines and immaculate technique. Sills is joined by Shirely Verrett as Adalgisa, and their grand duets are surely the highlight of this recording.


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>Bellini, Vincenzo : Norma, opera
  • Performers: Enrico Giuseppe (Voice); Paul Plishka (Voice); Beverly Sills (Voice); Robert Tear (Tenor); Shirley Verrett (Voice); Delia Wallis (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: James Levine
  • Ensemble: New Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 118 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1831