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War, Slaughter, and Death: Norma at the SF War Memorial Opera House

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7:30 p.m. 9/19/14

Russel Thomas replaced Marco Berti, singing the role of Pollione.

Oroveso: Christian Van Horn
Pollione: Russel Thomas
Flavio: A.J. Gleukert
Norma: Sondra Radvanovsky
Adalgisa: Jamie Barton
Clotilde: Jacqueline Piccolino
Norma's children: Oliver Kuntz and Miles Sperske
Conductor: Nicola Luisotti

A few minutes ago I read the director's notes on Norma and can see what Kevin Newbury is saying. Newbury writes,

"Her rumination about whether or not to kill her own children envisions both a Medea-like act of revenge and an act of protection from the violent world she knows awaits them."

This was definitely a "Medea-like" way of avenging her own pain through her children. Norma, however, had more motherly love and less devotedness to her man than Medea, sparing her children their lives. She understood that murdering her own children would not only hurt Pollione but also ram that dagger sticking out of her heart even deeper inside. Pollione and she …