The director Àlex Ollé returns with the direction of the new Norma production for The Royal Opera House. La Fura dels Baus will open the season of the London opera bringing modernity to this timeless tale of love, rivalry and betrayal, in the military context of a fanatical religious society. The opera was premiered on September 12th and will be performed 7 more times until October 8th.
The priestess Norma loves Pollione, leader of the occupying force suppressing her people, and has borne two children by him. But Pollione’s love has withered, and he now loves Norma’s fellow priestess Adalgisa. Meanwhile, the people urgently look to Norma to lead their rebellion. Norma discovers the love between Pollione and Adalgisa. Furiously she gives the signal for war. Pollione is captured, attempting to steal away with Adalgisa. Norma, called upon to announce a sacrificial victim to consecrate the uprising, declares it shall be a guilty priestess: herself.