Elena Vassilieva - dramatic soprano - in the modern Music specialized
"At the beginning, the title role of course, sung by the soprano Elena
Vassilieva. This consummate artist took on completely the mantle of a weak
woman. The priestess broke her vow of celibacy, loved the proconsul Pollione
(the Roman occupiers!) and bore him two children. Many appeared disconcerted
by the fact that in the first act her voice broke on a few occasions - but
can one really pour out one's harried heart in the context of a recitative?
In the second act Bellini's tunes were rendered extremely well."
October 1991 - Midi libre"
"Norma" : The rapture of Vincenzo Bellini
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