A huge congratulations from the Two Moors Festival goes to Opera North this week, which has just been awarded an Achievement in Opera award for Christopher Alden’s recent production of Norma, a work depicting the desperate struggle of the eponymous protagonist to protect her people’s traditional way of life and Pagan beliefs.
“Opera North is delighted that Christopher Alden’s vivid and intense production of Norma has received this award and we would like to thank the cast and creative team, whose wonderful artistry and musicianship found ample rewards in Bellini’s exquisite score,” general director of Opera North Richard Mantle said.
The production premiered in Leeds in January of this year, with Annemarie Kremer taking the title role. The high priestess in Bellini’s work is one of the most famous of all bel canto roles and one of the most dramatic female characters in all of opera.
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