Because this opera is as romantic as Antony and Cleopatra, with a bloody dash of Westeros
The COC’s interpretation of the Bellini opera has a distinct Game of Thrones vibe, set in a mythical Celtic world that calls to mind the warring factions of Westeros and the White Walkers. Direwolves aside, any staging of Norma requires a fierce soprano up to the demands of playing the histrionic title character—a Druid priestess in love with an enemy soldier of the invading Roman army. The singer must have tremendous vocal power to carry through extremes of love, jealousy, rage, betrayal and revenge. It’s becoming a signature role for Sondra Radvanovsky, who comes trailing accolades from performances in Europe and the U.S. (and who will replace superstar diva Anna Netrebko in the Met’s production next year). Four Seasons Centre, coc.ca.