Bellini's opera Norma is unjustly neglected. The plot is unusual: it concerns feminine solidarity when two women realise that the lover they share is a bounder. It is also unusual in having a tenor as villain rather than hero. Shin Young Hoon sings well but cannot make much of the rather thankless dramatic role of Pollione. Norma does require two world-class sopranos and, in this performance, it gets them. June Anderson is a confident Norma, and acquits herself well in the vocal pyrotechnics of Casta Diva, but the revelation of this performance was the young mezzo Daniela Barcellona in the role of Adalgisa. Her duets with Anderson were electrifying. They achieved a remarkable synchronicity in their phrasing and harmonies. If it is not too heretical to say so, they reminded me of the Everly Brothers.
This film was apparently made for Italian TV in 2001 so, sadly, it is in 4:3 format.
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