Above: Hamburg State Opera’s production of Norma. Credit: Hans Jorg Michel.
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The 2020 WFMT Radio Network Opera Series continues with Hamburg State Opera! This performance of Bellini’s Norma features soprano Marina Rebeka in the title role, alongside tenor Marcelo Puente as Pollion, Diana Haller (Adalgisa), Liang Li (Oroveso), Gabriele Rossmanith (Clotilde), and Dongwon Kang as Flavio.
From the Hamburg State Opera, on their production of Norma:
In the darkness of a forest, a priestess entreats the goddess of the moon for peace. There is war everywhere: between men and women, father and daughter, a struggle for land and people, fuelled by love, sex and faith – at the risk of personal happiness. Everyone seems willing to die and sacrifice: themselves, the enemy, their own children. Norma secretly loved the enemy, hiding their children and threatening her rival. Now she herself is betrayed. She treads a path of suffering through rage and desperation, ultimately leading her to a pyre she sets on fire herself. It is a sacrifice of a mother who was willing to kill her children; of a leader who instigated a war; of an unhappy woman who gives herself over to the flames: Norma must die. Does love triumph in the end?
About the Host
Lisa Flynn has been a program host and producer for WFMT since 1991. She presents The New Releases and has hosted many programs for the WFMT Radio Network, including War Letters (which won the 2002 Peter Lisagor Award) and a series of live broadcasts from Salzburg to celebrate Mozart’s 250th birthday in 2006. As WFMT’s midday weekday announcer, Lisa hosts live studio performances and interviews guest artists including Renée Fleming, John Adams, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, John Eliot Gardiner, and many others. Before coming to Chicago, Lisa presented classical music at WOSU in Columbus, Ohio, and at WMFE and WUCF in Orlando, Florida. She holds a music degree from the University of Central Florida. She also hosts the Lyric Opera of Chicago Broadcasts.
This opera is brought to you through the European Broadcasting Union, by way of the German radio organization NDR.
This program is a part of the WFMT Radio Network Opera Series, a series designed to complement the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts to fill out the year with great Opera content. The series begins in May and lasts until November.