First things first…Who says opera is expensive, is an age old art form, is difficult to understand and has less entertainment value than any other form of art? In fact it is one of the richest forms of theatre that there can ever be…richer in terms of contents, subject matter and performances. Some also argue that opera, which is mostly in foreign languages, fails to capture the interest of the audiences but what they do not realize is that the real beauty, the real essence of opera is not just in the language it is performed in but the whole story line that is conveyed beautifully through music and actions. It won’t be inappropriate to say here that opera just like music has no language boundaries. For instance why is it that at times an Arabic song gets you on your feet? Why is it that you still enjoy the foreign language song even if it is you do not understand its lyrics? Simply because the rhythmic value of the song takes precedence over the lyrics. The same is the case with opera where the music, the visual performance and the rhythmic value of the act is so powerful that it makes the words seem less relevant.
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A part of the Western classical music tradition, opera is an art form not very different from theatre which is performed based on dialogues. It takes much of its elements from traditional spoken theatre like the use of costumes, acting and scenery. Opera at times also includes dance, a major element of a musical theater. The opera which is typically performed at an opera house comes together with either a small group of musicians or an orchestra. What began in Italy in the 19th century, opera is now performed in all parts of the world and over time has gained such immense popularity that it is started to be performed and written for both television and radio. In other words opera is such a highly sought after theatre form that it is not just restricted to live performances on a stage but has also been adopted as a means of entertainment for other media like radio and television.
Whether it is tragic, comedy or romantic; opera in all its forms, is one of the most spectacular art forms. Off all the various styles of opera tragedy is one of the most popular ones. It is a tragic opera that is considered to be the most moving and full of emotions. Directed by Vincenzo Bellini, Norma is amongst the most sought after tragic operas. Going back to 1831, when it was first staged, Norma is still attended and enjoyed by many. Norma is believed to be the absolute height of the tradition of "bel canto" which is an Italian tradition of opera and that too a highly respected one. The tradition involves more sophisticated and forceful style of opera singing and is considered to be a scared tradition by opera fans.
Norma which is a simple story of love, hatred and deceit is performed at various different occasions by different theatre groups. Norma which is also the name of the lead role in the opera is one of the most difficult roles to perform because being a lead in an opera is way difficult than being a lead in any other theatre form as it requires exceptionally strong vocals and with it the ability to portray a huge range of emotions. Despite its difficulty, the role of the Norma has been very successfully performed by many actors of whom some of the well known ones are: Maria Callas, a Greek-American opera singer well known for her excellence in opera singing, the Grammy and the Emmy award nominee American opera singer, Beverly Sills and the list goes on to include many opera singers who have over the years done due justice to the role of the Norma.
To sum up, Norma is a quality sight of an opera that will leave you with a wide range of emotions. If you are an opera fan than you definitely cannot miss Norma! Get the Norma Tickets now and grab the best seats at the best rates.