|Norma / Adalgisa|
|Soprano / Soprano or Mezzo-Soprano|
|Previous scene:||Deh! con te li prendi|
|Next scene:||Alcun s'avanza|
On November 16, 1927, The Met introduced to Norma by Vincenzo Bellini; this opera had been a little forgotten in the first third of the twentieth century.
The cast for Norma was:
Norma: Rosa Ponselle
Adalgisa Marion Telva
Orovesso: Ezio Pinza.
Tulio Serafin, conductor and director of the opera said of that night:: Norma went on stage on Novenber 16. It was a triunp, but no just any ordinary triunph. People discovered that Norma is a masterpiece, people were talking about a miracle that they had discovered in an opera that no one knew. Bellini's genius exploded from it, And for Ponselle, it was the most complete revelation imaginable.
The duo of Norma and Adalgisa is one of the masterpieces of opera and music.
Mira, o Norma, ai tuoi ginocchi
questi cari tuoi pargoletti.
Ah! pietade di lor ti tocchi,
se non hai di te pietà...
Ah! perché la mia costanza
vuoi scemar con molli affetti?
Più lusinghe, ah più speranza
presso a morte un cor non ha...
See, O Norma, at your knees,
these dear, dear children.
Let pity for them move you,
if you feel no pity for yourself...
Ah, why do you try to weaken me
with such soft feelings?
Such illusions, such hopes
are not for one about to die.