• Date: 12 November, 7 p.m.
    15, 17 and 18 November, 8 p.m.
  • Hall: Main Auditorium

Passion, Warmongering and Bel canto

Within the context of continuous war and the midst of a worn out and conquered society, along with the evident conflict between conquered and defeated, the amorous delusions and jealousies of Norma are revealed as the greatest heroine to issue forth from Bellini’s quill.

Norma is a mythical opera. It also has one of the most moving and well-known arias -Casta Diva- associated with legendary singers, such as Maria Callas, to whom we pay tribute to her this season on the centenary of her birth by programming one of the roles with which she is most associated. Joan Sutherland or Montserrat Caballé, are also names to remember, in a role of female complexity and forcefulness, combined with values of devotion, maternity, and vengeful rivalry which made her a transgressive heroine of Bel Canto melodrama.

Since its premiere at the Scala of Milán in 1831, the dramatic story of the high priestess and the Roman proconsul Pollione, has ignited theatres with its explosion of dazzling vocal demands and melodic beauty.

Under the musical direction of maestro Yves Abel and the stage direction of Nicola Berloffa, is the magnificent double cast underlined by Yolanda Auyanet, Francesco Demuro, Raffaella Lupinacci and Rubén Amoretti. The Teatro de la Maestranza presents a title which, like Tristan und Isolde - Wagner admired Norma, by the way – revolves around conflicting grand concepts and which, in the setting of ardent passion, warmongering and religious fanaticism, traps us in a melodic and vocally exquisite web which Bellini, admirably, composed in less than three months.


Libretto by Felice Romani. Premiere at the Teatro alla Scala of Milan on December 26, 1831.
  • Musical director: Yves Abel / Pedro Bartolomé*
  • Stage Director: Nicola Berloffa
  • Set design: Andrea Belli
  • Costume design: Valeria Donata Bettella
  • Lighting design: Marco Giusti en colaboración con Giorgio Valerio

Production of the Teatro Regio of Parma in co-production with the Teatro Municipale of Piacenza and the Teatro Comunale of Modena

Royal Seville Symphony Orchestra
Coro Teatro de la Maestranza


  • Norma: Yolanda Auyanet / Berna Perles*
  • Adalgisa: Raffaella Lupinacci / Andrea Niño*
  • Pollione: Francesco Demuro / Carlos Cosías*
  • Oroveso: Rubén Amoretti / Luis López Navarro*
  • Clotilde: Mireia Pintó
  • Flavio: Néstor Galván
  • November 17: *

Yves Abel

Born in Toronto (Canada), collaborator of important theatres and the most prestigious orchestras across the world. Founder and Musical Director of L’Opéra Français of New York. Recipient of the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the government of France in 2009. Among others, he has conducted La Traviata, The Pearl Fishers, The Tales of Hoffmann, Madama Butterfly, Lucrezia Borgia and, in Sevilla, he has conducted L'elisir d'amore and Roberto Devereux.

Nicola Berloffa

Considered one of the most promising stage directors of his generation, he began his cinema and musical studies in Torino and graduated from the School of Dramatic Art Paolo Grassi in 2005. Has collaborated as an assistant director and directed numerous opera productions in important theatres around the world.

Panel discussion

Parallel activities

Maria Callas. La voz del siglo

2 de noviembre, 19h.

Conferencia impartida por Arturo Reverter

Sala de prensa (acceso por la recepción del Teatro)
Entrada gratuita hasta completar aforo

Maria Callas
Parallel activities

En torno a ... Norma

November 11
7 p.m.

Press Room (access by the reception of the Theater)
Admission free on a first-come basis

Asociación Sevillana de Amigos de la Ópera In collaboration with Teatro de la Maestranza

Photo: © Roberto Ricci