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25 Oct 2005

Before being put to death, Norma would like to say a few words -- and sing her heart out

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/10/25/DDGHTFCHCP1.DTL

bellini_small.jpgSteven 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.

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