Norma – a Multifaceted Persona

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This essay offers a detailed account of Bellini’s Norma, focusing specifically on the title character. It describes the different facets of Norma: a priestess leader, a daughter, a mother, a friend and a woman scorned by her lover. It discusses the irony in Norma's status, showing that in each of the five facets that constitute her personality there are two opposing states: the noble- authoritative state versus the fragile-wounded state. All Norma's arias are analyzed with a special emphasis on how Bellini fit the different arias and ensembles to match Norma’s complex character and how Bellini’s music constructs Norma’s dramatic persona.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1-39
JournalEuropean Review of Artistic Studies
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2012

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ISSN 1647-3558


  • Bellini’s Norma
  • Norma’s dramatic persona.


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