Be­cause this opera is as ro­man­tic as Antony and Cleopa­tra, with a bloody dash of Wes­teros

Toronto Life - - Culture -

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,

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