25 Oct 2005
Before being put to death, Norma would like to say a few words -- and sing her heart out
Steven Winn, [SF Chronicle, 25 October 2005]
Moments after the heroine's hushed confession, in the final scene of "Norma" at the War Memorial Opera House, the chorus murmurs a heartsick response: "Our blood runs cold." The audience feels it right along with them. Here, in a San Francisco Opera production that has some substantial liabilities to overcome, the power of Bellini's 1831 masterpiece shines through in all its ravishing, blood-chilling complexity.