Vincenzo Bellini NORMA, Herod Atticus Odeon

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Vincenzo Bellini
NORMA
Herod Atticus Odeon
28th and 30th August 2023

In  honor of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Maria Callas, the cultural organization Lykofos presents the historical opera "Norma" by Vincenzo Bellini at the Herod Atticus Odeon on August 28th and 30th 2023, directed by Tom Volf and conducted by Eugene Kohn.

The worldwide premiere of this productions features 110 performers and artists on stage, the National Symphony Orchestra and the Mixed Choir "Fons Musicalis" under the direction of Kostis Konstandaras.

Norma, Callas’s favorite role, which she sang a total of 92 times on stage - more than any other opera - returns to the Herod Atticus Odeon, where Callas herself sang in 1944 and 1957  and the country from where she gave Norma's most legendary performance in Epidaurus in 1960.

For this great undertaking, Tom Volf has assembled an outstanding international cast. The role of Norma is performed by the famous Lebanese-Canadian soprano Joyce El-Khoury and opposite her, in the role of Pollione will be internationally renowned Greek tenor Mario Frangoulis.

 

The American soprano Theresa Carlomagno performs the role of Adalgisa, while Oroveso, Norma's father, is performed by the acclaimed young bass Sava Vemić.

The American conductor Eugene Kohn accompanied Maria Callas on the piano during her Masterclass at the Juilliard School in New York in 1971.

The artistic team is completed by the great choreographer Ersi Pitta and the leading Greek costume designer Yiannis Metzikof and set designer David Negrin.

The production is under the auspices of the Paris-based Maria Callas Foundation, which was co-founded in 2017 by La Divina and Tom Volf and is today the largest international organization aiming to defend and promote the life of the great soprano.