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Bellini – Casta Diva from Norma

Video-masterclass with: Claire Wickes – First Flute English National Opera

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Bellini - Castsa Diva from "Norma" - Flute Excerpt

by Italian Broadcasting Orchestra | Naxos Classics

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  • Bellini, Norma

Date composed:

  • 1831

First Performed: 

  • 26 December 1831


  • 2 acts

Audio excerpt from:

  • Label: Naxos Classics
  • Artists: Italian Broadcasting Orchestra

Video lesson by:

  • Claire Wickes

The opera is regarded as a leading example of the bel canto genre, and the soprano prayer Casta diva in Act I is a famous piece. Notable exponents of the title role in the post-war period have been Maria Callas, Joan Sutherland, Montserrat Caballé and, in the 2007 Biondi-Minasi critical edition based on Bellini’s autograph score, Cecilia Bartoli

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