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PreviousApril 2022

Tragedia lirica in two acts (1831)
Music by Vinzenco Bellini
Libretto by Felice Romani


In Italian language with German surtitles
New production of the Theater an der Wien



All of Gaul is occupied by the Romans, but there is resistance again and again. In a small village, a group determined to revolt is formed around the chief druid Oroveso. Without the sign of the chief priestess Norma, Oroveso's daughter, they believe however not to be allowed to strike. But according to Norma, the moon goddess does not command battle, but peace - the Romans would perish of their own accord in their decadence. Norma, of course, has very personal reasons to want to keep the peace, because for years she has been secretly in contact with the Roman proconsul Pollione, she even has two children with him. However, she does not yet know that he has long since turned to her druid novice Adalgisa and wants to flee with her to Rome. For her part, Adalgisa has no idea of Norma's double life. When the young girl, tormented by her conscience, tells Norma about her love, Pollione bursts into the conversation, and it turns out that both women love the same man. At first Norma wants to kill her children in an angry frenzy, but then she can't manage it. She decides to renounce pollions in favour of Adalgisa, but Adalgisa also doesn't want to destroy Norma's happiness and offers to leave pollions to her. Meanwhile, the Gallic resistance troops become restless, they finally want to fight. Norma gives in a renewed surge of anger over Pollione the signal to the uprising. At this moment, Pollione himself is seized by the Gauls. He has crept in, obviously to kidnap a priestess, and is to be executed immediately. In one last conversation Norma tries to persuade him to renounce Adalgisa, then she would save his life. But Pollione stands by his love for Adalgisa. The Gauls now demand that Norma announce the name of the unchaste priestess who has a relationship with Pollione, because she is to be burned. But instead of betraying Adalgisa, Norma reveals her own unchastity. She asks her father to take care of her children and is ready to die. Overwhelmed by Norma's greatness, Pollione changes his feelings and climbs the stake with her.

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About the Theater an der Wien

The New Opera House is not just any theatre, but the one that Emanuel Schikaneder, the all-round genius, actor, impresario with a flair for organization but above all librettist of The Magic Flute, had built in 1801 in Vienna in keeping with the spirit of Mozart.

To coincide with the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth the Theater an der Wien presents itself as a new opera house from January 2006. As a “season” opera house with productions all the year round the Theater an der Wien carves a new and independent niche in the realm of high-quality culture in Vienna. For twelve months of the year, with one premiere every month, opera will be performed under the “stagione”, or season, system: that means the cast remains unchanged from the first performance to the last one, which guarantees that the very highest international standards are maintained.

The theatre’s modern, accessible approach to music theatre as demonstrated by the works performed, the overall artistic concept Bespielung and the artistes is further underlined by the building itself, its architecture and the vibrancy of its location. The surroundings and materials, the intimate atmosphere and perfect acoustics in the historical theatre prepare the senses to experience beauty. The Theater an der Wien deliberately enters into a symbiotic relationship with its lively surroundings on the Naschmarkt street market and the young cultural scene centred in the Schleifmühl quarter.

How to get there

With public transport:

We can be reached by public transport: 

U1, U2 und U4 Station Karlsplatz, Exit Secession
Bus 59A Station Bärenmühldurchgang
Bus 57A Station Laimgrubengasse, pedestrians via Laimgrubengasse to Linke Wienzeile

Fleischmarkt 24, 1010 Wien

We can be reached by public transport:
U1, U4: Station Schwedenplatz
Tram Linie D (bei Ablenukung über Kai), 1, 2: Station Schwedenplatz
Bus 3A (on workdays)

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