David Kimbell

Vincenzo Bellini – Norma

Reading sample

Cambridge Opera Handbooks


Item no.696928
Author/ComposerDavid Kimbell
Scope156 pages; 13.6 × 21.4 cm
Release year1998
Publisher/ProducerCambridge University Press
Producer No.9780521485142
43.20 €
Delivery time approx. 1–2 weeks.
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An opera handbook, first published in 1998, on the popular and still performed opera Norma, by Vincenzo Bellini.


  • The composition of the opera
  • Medea - Velleda - Norma: Romani's sources
  • Synopsis and musical frame
  • Music and poetry
  • A glimpse of the genesis of the opera
  • Some variant readings
  • Contemporary reactions to Norma
  • Critical fortunes since the unification of Italy
  • Five prima donnas: contributions to a performance history.